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ANC policy conference hears proposals for an overhaul of its party membership

Febe Potgieter briefing the media at the ANC policy conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
Febe Potgieter briefing the media at the ANC policy conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

The ANC wants all party members to renew their membership regardless of how long they have been with the party. All members will also have to be vetted. 

The move is aimed at rooting out those with criminal records. 

The proposal was made at the party's policy conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg on Friday.  Should the policy conference adopt this position, it will make recommendations to the national conference in December.

“The proposal is that after national conference,  we have a process where we all renew our membership and that we then all get vetted. All the members of the ANC then need to be able to get vetted so that you're sure that then the membership that you have are members that indeed ascribe to an agreed set of values, a set of principles, a set of criteria that we have,” said ANC general manager Febe Potgieter.

Former president Thabo Mbeki is one of the party leaders who have advocated overhauling the ANC membership.

He believes the party has been infiltrated by rogue elements who do not subscribe to the values of the ANC and have joined only as a means of getting access to financial resources.

These members, according to Potgieter, need to be rooted out while the party puts in place measures to vet new members who want to join the party.

“The second area for renewal has got to do with how we ensure that members and the leadership that we have in the organisation represent the best in our society,” she said.

“Our constitutional amendments that suggested, for example, that we need to introduce in our December conference much stricter requirements for ANC membership. For example, at the moment if you pay R20 a year you can join the ANC and there's no other requirement to join.”

The commissions at the policy conference are expected to debate these proposals overnight with their reports expected to be presented and adopted in a plenary session on Saturday evening.



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