Probation, screening for new ANC members

2011-09-07 22:55

Johannesburg - Those wishing to become members of the ANC would have to undergo an eight-week probation and screening to ensure criminals are not recruited.

"We are not just recruiting anyone. We don't want people who bring violence and who burn our flags," the party's Gauteng secretary David Makhura told reporters on Wednesday.

"We are not chasing numbers but the quality of members."

This was despite its centenary campaign of securing a membership of one million.

The celebration starts on January 8 next year, with a large number of the party's international friends and allies expected to attend.

Makhura said it had been recruiting on a week-by-week basis but was "very careful" on its selection of people.

The ANC in Gauteng had recruited 110 000 new members of its 300 000 target for 2012.

Last Tuesday, hundreds of ANC Youth League members and supporters thronged Johannesburg's city centre, hurling rocks and broken bricks at police and journalists.

Rioters burnt ANC flags and pictures bearing the image of President Jacob Zuma. Several people, including a policeman, were injured.

This happened during a disciplinary hearing against ANCYL leader Julius Malema on charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions within its ranks.

Charged with him were league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Masenogi.

Zuma recently said the centenary programme was one of the most critical ANC campaigns ever run.

As the countdown continued, he noted that the party should be "more serious about protecting and projecting our image".

"...  We must show to all that we are the oldest liberation movement in Africa, and therefore our conduct and behaviour must reflect the maturity of our organisation.

"When we celebrate 100 years, we must ensure that we inculcate and instil the best values of our movement which have sustained us for such a long period," he said.

Part of the tradition included showing people the unity of the ANC, and that of its alliance partners.

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2011-09-07 23:03

    Ridiculous!! Like all those hooligans we saw were all new members of less than 8 weeks...

      thinker - 2011-09-07 23:15

      Ja, who are they trying to fool. Zuma's pic going up in flames, not much rspect I say.

      Christelle - 2011-09-07 23:23

      This is actually very funny. What about the old members - that might be a problem - half of them would lose membership - and that include the MP's

      Netherlander - 2011-09-07 23:35

      Jacob Zuma and his 40 Thieves.... ROFLMAO!!!

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-08 03:57

      So wait... first he makes that ridiculous comment about "opportunity"... and now this. is it comedy week? im still waiting for those 500 000 jobs that will miraculously appear out of thin air just because he said so.

      Met - 2011-09-08 06:00

      This, along with " he must apply his mind(sic)" are the funniest comments of the year. I would have thought that all the criminals were already members. They may as well continue their recruitment drives in the prisons, beginning with "parliament"/ C-max

      Met - 2011-09-08 06:06

      Sorry, foolish of me- they are already members

      ronheidtmann - 2011-09-08 06:19

      Criminals are created inside the ANC!

      Fredster69 - 2011-09-08 07:05

      ...and where do you think you will find these people? and secondly, what about those in ANC that are criminals already. Is this the 1st of April?

      Rolie - 2011-09-08 07:14


      Ozymandios - 2011-09-08 07:23

      @ Christelle spot on. Maybe they should start now doing a review of all their memebers. Gosh that means from the top down there is more of a likelihood of them losing 85% of their membership. And I think the #1 guy would be first to go. Talk about bolting the stable door after the horse has disappearedover the horison

      The.Lamprechts - 2011-09-08 07:34

      Why don't they just check the current membership? Then they will REALLY have a problem. That would mean that 99.9% of their members will be suspended due to ... being criminals!

      Whitey - 2011-09-08 07:39

      @Sedick Spot on dude!

      Sedick - 2011-09-08 09:06

      My comments were stolen by the new INfo Bill......

      IC1 - 2011-09-08 09:10

      @Sedic: Lol good 1

      Together - 2011-09-08 09:38

      This may seem a little late, but it is a beginning. Our biggest problem has been the ANC's unwillingness to co-operate or learn from anyone outside the alliance - well, now they seem to be learning. And that never hurt anyone.

      Audacious12 - 2011-09-08 09:55

      @Christelle -- not very bright, are you? Political incarceration is in many opinions an honour. The fact that the ANC members were imprisoned because of wanting to change the barbarous apartheid system is noble. Just because your ilk imprisoned them does not make them criminals.

      justmejoe - 2011-09-08 12:30

      Who in their right minds would even think of joining the ANC F$ck the screening.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-08 13:22

      @Audaciousfag what was "barberous" about Apartheid? SA is a far more barbaric society now.

  • Netherlander - 2011-09-07 23:08

    HAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! The ANC is ROTTING from the HEAD, DOWN!!! Zuma has to be THE MOST ROTTEN OF THE LOT... followed by his ELITE followers... then the Youth League, man oh man, do they STINK!!! When the Oxford English Dictionary investigated the ANC... they found the word "CORRUPT".... that word PERSONIFIES THE ANC!!!! Never before have so FEW, STOLEN so much, from such a LITTLE..... ANC STINKS.... once you have "THAT STINK", you go straight INTO THE ANC ELITE!!!!!

      IC1 - 2011-09-08 09:12

      @Felix: Boet they dont even give you time to apply vaseline

  • mozzer - 2011-09-07 23:09

    That's cause the criminals in the ANC don't want any competition!!

      Louwhan H - 2011-09-07 23:24

      Bugger, you beat me to it...was gonna be my comment. All I can say is that there are honest people in the party...what? I also want to try to be funny.

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-08 02:08

      Parliament is like the jails , overcrowded

      croix - 2011-09-08 03:18

      Yep, the throng at the trough is getting a bit big. Can't allow these new "memba's" to also claim their share !

      johan - 2011-09-08 07:24


  • vtowntekkie - 2011-09-07 23:11

    What a joke-like the anc!!!

      Together - 2011-09-08 09:38

      This may seem a little late, but it is a beginning. Our biggest problem has been the ANC's unwillingness to co-operate or learn from anyone outside the alliance - well, now they seem to be learning. And that never hurt anyone.

  • Alfred - 2011-09-07 23:18

    It's not too late! The ANC can still just hold one huge rally while we simply build the prison around it. Half of SA's problems would be solved right then and there.

      croix - 2011-09-08 03:20

      Bwaaahahahaha!! Best plan of the century, so far!

      pitbull - 2011-09-08 06:54

      Lets start with Ponte. It would make a great prison and if anyone gets unruly they can always "commit suicide" by jumping out of a window. All that needs to be done is put a nice big electrical barbed wire fence around it.

  • francois - 2011-09-07 23:19

    ha, ha, ha now liberate yourselves from your own corrupt selves, is that possible? methinks not

      pitbull - 2011-09-08 06:55

      Would require a bit more than a split personality

  • Tom - 2011-09-07 23:23

    Well better 100 years late than never...

  • Danie - 2011-09-07 23:33

    Too late much to late, how will the criminals within be screened? Maybe the ANC now realises criminal tactics (Malema) is not the solution. Hard work and trust worthy people is what is needed. But it is a step in the right direction anyway.

      croix - 2011-09-08 03:26

      The problem for the cANCer is that no decent citizen wants to be associated with the 'band of thieves'. However - they will CLAIM to have recruited 1m new members (just like the '500,000 new jobs'- joke).

  • frankm - 2011-09-07 23:42

    80% of the guys in parliament would have to resign if there are to be no criminals in the ANC

      Yar - 2011-09-08 03:14

      Are you sure it's only 80%

      chris.faurie - 2011-09-08 08:51

      80% ??? I think more. The leader is the worst!!!

      Mark Singh - 2011-09-08 09:11

      frankm, you are being too conservative. it smore like 99.9% the 0.1% are work in progress

  • Janine - 2011-09-07 23:53

    What a great story! They are going to stop trying to let any more criminals into the ANC - what about the ones who are already there? Don't want to share anymore?

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-09-07 23:56

    Bwahahahahahaha ... criminals screening criminals!

  • Verdade - 2011-09-08 00:01

    Screening process & Criteria 1. Must have a criminal record 2. Open to bribes and corruption 3. Must able to mobilize quick in order to attend strikes and demostrations nationwide 4. All party critics must be percieved as racists or Anti African Agenda and so it goes on and on....

      Mark Singh - 2011-09-08 09:13

      5. Must be a racist themselves and be able to justify it (ie blame it on apartheid) 6. Education not a requirement

  • Gido - 2011-09-08 00:02

    ..they're not ONTOP!.. they're INSIDE!! (Apologies to crem@ra..)

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-08 02:07

      At least Cremora is white LOL

  • Sleepazoid - 2011-09-08 00:09

    Heavens! They`re not good with rithmatic are they? If no criminals are to be allowed, their membership will drop to nothing.

  • Rob Roy - 2011-09-08 00:11

    Hahahaha, the ANC will then never up it's membership count!

  • Denise - 2011-09-08 01:25

    ROTFWL Have they decided that there is an oversupply of criminals and the stats need to be altered? L.O.L.

  • Henni Apple - 2011-09-08 01:34

    this must be a joke, what about all the criminals and all the corruption NOW, or don't they want to share?

  • FartaWorks - 2011-09-08 03:26

    Hahaha, this is a good one. "Intellectual Masterminds" these guys...

  • kingkong - 2011-09-08 04:14

    well now finally we are getting down to the nitty gritty and what everybody said all these years but our beloved statement reader set the example at his hearings ,back than it was kosher to burn t shirts and create chaos now the shoe is is on the other foot .hmmm interesting times awaits us my fellow south africans interesting times indeed

  • deleagagu - 2011-09-08 04:27

    This is such a puppet show!

  • Seanred - 2011-09-08 05:36

    99 years to late. You already have the countries most wanted as head honcho.

  • andrelouisw - 2011-09-08 05:38

    Far to late!

  • Hasane - 2011-09-08 05:39

    Makhura is stupid the problem here is high level of illeteracy within the organization, Julius Malema was the member of the organisation since the age of 9 but though he does not know some of the clause of the ANC policy.

  • Alpahbrutus - 2011-09-08 05:51

    What about the entire top echelon of the ANC? They are almost all thugs and criminals, from the Top Dog down. I guess they get to skip the probation. Too much competition is bad when the coffers start running dry, eh?

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-08 05:57

    So what are they going to do with the current criminals then?

  • Souf-Efrikan - 2011-09-08 06:02

    " to ensure criminals are not recruited." That is rich judging by how many of our members of parliament from certain political parties have criminal records, criminal friends, criminal bussiness partners... I bet their dogs bite honest people and wag their tails at the criminals!!

  • Deeteem - 2011-09-08 06:08

    A little too late sir, you already have 95% of the hooligan criminals recruited !!! Some of them are even in parliament !!

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-08 06:19

    If they apply the sceening to existing ANC members, only the guy bringing coffee would remain!

  • SA Sucks - 2011-09-08 06:26

    Will this include IQ and literacy testing?

      Marcus Westin - 2011-09-08 08:45

      Probably not. Those conducting the testing are illiterate as well.

  • coling - 2011-09-08 06:35

    All the criminals are in the ANC already

  • Wabb - 2011-09-08 06:36

    That means no more new members - EVER!

      Marcus Westin - 2011-09-08 08:46


  • wv - 2011-09-08 06:38

    I'm afraid they will have to get rid of all of their exec plus a few million others.

  • Adrian - 2011-09-08 06:39

    Too late , criminals already hold the highest positions in the organisation

  • thabatao - 2011-09-08 06:44

    This is the joke of the century. If you look at the corruption and the way the ANC conduct themselves, than I cannot see how they want to screen criminals. They will need to fire every minister and mayor and city councillor in South Africa. If you look at Pretoria. They doubled the water and lights accounts every month for the last 6 months to finance their lavish lifstyles. Look at Eskom, Telkom and all the city and town councils. We have criminals governing the country. They want to screen criminals. HaHaHa heeHeeHee HoHo.

  • pitbull - 2011-09-08 06:51

    What about the criminals already party of the ANC, starting from the top?

  • tony.zuprano - 2011-09-08 06:51


  • mollma - 2011-09-08 06:52

    Criminal according to law ?

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-09-08 06:53

    Johannesburg - Those wishing to become members of the ANC would have to undergo an eight-week probation and screening to ensure criminals are not recruited- This must be the joke of the century , I nearly fell off my chair reading this crap.

      pitbull - 2011-09-08 06:57

      We all need a good laugh before the weekend. Makes up for a really crap week.

      Marcus Westin - 2011-09-08 08:47

      An eight-week course in drinking, alcohol abuse, stealing, how to commit fraud and how to act like a hooligan.

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-09-08 06:53

    The anc is the biggest criminal organisation in this country.

      Marcus Westin - 2011-09-08 08:48

      Yes, agree completely.

  • What_if.... - 2011-09-08 06:56

    What about some positive comments. It might seem to late, but maybe JZ woke up and is REALLY trying to change things. Yes, the Julias saga and his followers are a disgrace. He realized it (although late) and is trying to make the correct changes. If only he will meet with opposition party leaders and ask help on this matter, he might succeed and gain some supporters.

      Pickle - 2011-09-08 06:58

      With all the negativity teh ANC has bruaght onto this country, how can you expect people to suddenly be positive about them?

  • Vincent Aubrey Meiring - 2011-09-08 07:02

    What a joke. And the existing members?

  • Nonbeliever - 2011-09-08 07:07

    Absolutely love the morning funnies. What a way to start the day.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-08 07:10

    HE HE. A bit late for that, my brothers and sisters, the crooks are already all members. Bit like closing the stable door after the horse has trashed the farm.

  • Hugh - 2011-09-08 07:13

    They can do a background check in eight weeks when a person needing security clearance for a specialist job takes three months?

  • Rolie - 2011-09-08 07:13


  • Andrew - 2011-09-08 07:15

    Ah well. At least they always give us something to laugh about!

  • Lourens - 2011-09-08 07:16

    Brilliantly Funny... What about the ANC members they recruited in Prison?

  • Carl - 2011-09-08 07:17

    Too late...

  • Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-08 07:18

    I thought it was a pre-requisite to joining the ANC. I thought joining the ANC gave you a "get out of jail card" for free when you joined. The ANC is like Australia was in the 1800's.....the place where you sent your criminals!!!

  • brnd - 2011-09-08 07:20

    Either 'corruption' is not a crime or else they should rather put the current leaders on probation