ANC vote audit must be above board

2012-09-30 22:42

Johannesburg - The ANC needs to make sure its auditing processes for its national elections does not raise suspicion among its members, political analysts said on Sunday.

"The ANC leadership must make sure there is not a whiff of suspicion around the way the branches have been audited and the way decisions were made," said political author William Gumede.

"[It] must be beyond reproach. Once there is suspicion... it will undermine the ANC electoral process in December," he said.

On Friday, the ANC opened its nomination process for the leadership contest in Mangaung in December after concluding its branch membership audits.

Political analyst Steven Friedman said there needed to be an auditing process that the African National Congress members were comfortable with.

"You have to ensure that your process is credible... if you look at national elections it's seen to be plausible because all parties have a say," he said.

"But if you have a situation where the person who signs off on the numbers has a stake in the leadership... it is impossible to have an auditing process which people would feel comfortable with."

The danger of this was that if some members were unhappy they could turn to the courts - which the ANC frowned upon.

"If they do [go to court] what will the consequence be... you could have some interesting issues."

Nominations open

Gumede said if some branches were "unsatisfied" with the numbers it could cause more tension in the ANC.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said the nomination process was endorsed by the national executive committee (NEC) on Friday and the nomination process was opened.

"It is necessary that the process must unfold... Members can now nominate for all the leadership positions in all the provinces and the nomination process ends in November."

He added that the nomination process was opened earlier than expected because "the issue was finalised".

Khoza said 631 branches were disqualified because they did not meet the criteria and were "not in good standing". Therefore they would not send any representatives to Mangaung.

According to reports, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the membership of the ruling party had increased to 1 220 057.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC's biggest province and President Jacob Zuma's home turf, membership had increase by about 90 000 between January and September this year. It now had 331 820 members.

On the other hand in the Eastern Cape, the party's second biggest province, membership had decreased significantly. The province's membership stood at 187 585.

Gumede said the increase in KwaZulu-Natal's membership could work in Zuma's favour.

Zulu vote

Zuma will be running for a second term as ANC president. However, the ANC Youth League and some of the party's branches were calling for a leadership change.

Gumede said: "KwaZulu-Natal is so big and if Zuma gets 90% of the vote [in the province], he has it in the bag."

Friedman said he could not say whether this would ensure Zuma won a second term but it was plausible.

Gumede said the numbers clearly reflected the trends from the last national elections, when the ANC lost support in all the provinces except KwaZulu-Natal.

About two decades ago, the Eastern Cape was the ANC's biggest province.

"Motlanthe and [Tokyo] Sexwale have been focusing to get the Eastern Cape behind them but clearly a declining Eastern Cape won't help their case," said Gumede.

Those in the party calling for leadership change want Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to be the ANC's president.

The ANC's succession debate and nomination of candidates was only meant to open in October.

Khoza said the opening of the nomination process meant that ANC members, branches and provinces could now openly speak about who they want to lead the party for the next five years.

About 4 500 of the 1.2 million ANC members were expected to attend the elective congress in December. All 3 687 branches would be represented.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-30 22:58

    ANC, above board? Geeez......every thing they touch has a mafia feel to it.T - 2012-10-01 04:49

      I wish we could.. Terror Lekota for President and Helen Zille for hes deputy.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-01 05:02

      In the past there were always audits after the voting, gee, this year the audits start before the voting, they are going to kill each other in Bloem. If I stay in Bloem, I will definitely not in Bloem during December. Power hungry skelms

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-01 09:10

      That like hoping vrot fish won't stink...

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-09-30 23:15

    \But if you have a situation where the person who signs off on the number has a stake in the leadership... It is impossible to have an auditing process which people would feel comfortable with.\ the danger of this was that if some members were unhappy they could turn to the court - which the ANC frowned upon.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-30 23:35

    the results of Mangaung have already been 'created'.the KZN numbers have increased by 90 Jacob Zuma - the ' national problem ' (Moeletsi Mbeki

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-30 23:37

    It wont....

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-01 00:00

    We don't trust you, or your integrity or your honesty...! You are all to corrupt to even consider making a statement such as this about being above board. Nothing is above board with anything to do with the ANC...!

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-01 00:40

    Surely an party as old as they are already has structure in place. How many times have they already voted in the past.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-01 04:13

    Is it not amazing that the numbers of those supporting Zuma grow significantly whereas those that don't decreased just as much? Glad that these political analysts also raised this question (almost like auto suggestion) as they clearly also don't swallow this little miracle just before the Mangaung election.

  • roiyen - 2012-10-01 04:46

    A win for Zuma at Mangaung will result in more votes for black opposition parties. So I want the ass to win a second term.

      lums.zindela - 2012-10-01 09:02

      Ja I also think that will actually open the voters eyes that there are other parties who need a fair chance to save the beloved country and anc is non of them.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-01 09:37

      I agree with both you Roiyen and lums. Our black brothers and sisters must remember that the DA is not the only opposition party. Let's vote for other leaders and give them a chance to govern. Let's force the ANC to go into a coalition with a smaller party atleast. Maybe than they will start listening to us.

  • punungwe - 2012-10-01 05:51

    The bottom line is that South Africa should not allow one or two provinces to determine who leads South Africa based on tribal considerations. That is a very slipper slope to start sliding down. Zuma should never ever take comfort in the large numbers from his home province. They actually mean long term trouble if the situation is not carefully managed.

  • juannepierre - 2012-10-01 05:51

    Its no longer a race game, it's now the Zulus versus everyone else...

  • sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-01 06:23

    It is nt true that Zulus support Zuma vice vice Pedis suport Malema. Magaqa, Cele are Zulus yet suporting Malema and in Limp ppl celebrated his expulsion

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-01 06:52

      M trying to understand wht u trying to say, but hey it is soooo difficult.

  • Chris - 2012-10-01 06:26

    that will be a first in the history of south africa, all issues have been rigged since the 1940s

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-01 06:39

      Ha ha, listen the 'Nats' were mere babes compared to what happens today.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-01 06:47

      @young, the 'nats' were masters @ this game, the anc is merely trying to trail behind and they are busy botching up the good job the nazi did.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-01 07:45

      @ Khethu,well said. I still say, i will take Zuma anyday over any ,alema sympathisers.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-01 06:37

    This 'sickness', this corruption is a bit like the 'rabies' scare. The only difference is that there is no 'antidote', no injection to prevent the disease. So they will perform an audit? Then what? A slap on the wrist, bury the reslults, and cluck until next time. eish....

  • motleleng - 2012-10-01 06:42

    \631 branches were disqualified because they did not meet the criteria and were not in good standing\.WTF ...

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-01 06:54

      I am sure those are the ones not supporting zuma

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-01 07:04

    In a normal country this headline: "ANC vote audit must be above board" would be stating the obvious.But then this is South Africa.......

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-01 07:34

    Dream on.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-01 07:36

    You cannot expect the ANC to be honest. That's impossible for them!

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-10-01 07:39

    These results are being manipulated and they need to be challenged. This is how Gwede Mantashe killed Eastern Cape. Those who are still supporting him in the Eastern Cape have committed a political suicide. This is not true at all, no province can grow with 90 000 membershisp within a very short space of time, this clearly raises eyebrows and is tartamount to corruption.

  • Heibrin - 2012-10-01 09:31

    'KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC's biggest province and President Jacob Zuma's home turf' VS 'Motlanthe and [Tokyo] Sexwale have been focusing to get the Eastern Cape behind them but clearly a declining Eastern Cape won't help their case' -- Personally I think this had been planned a long, long time ago. The Zulu's want to rule South Africa. In Shaka's & Dingaan's time the Settlers stopped the advance of the Zulu's, I wonder who will do so now?? Tribalism is what will tear South Africa apart.

      sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-01 09:50 it has done throughout Africa.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-01 20:28

    since when is anything above board in the ANC with those in highest ranks always under investigation for fraud, rape or money laundering or whatever else ???

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