Lifting lid on ‘poor state’ of the ANC

Outgoing ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane has painted a picture of a party in decline, with dwindling membership and infighting across ANC branches in the province.

Mabuyane gives a detailed account of the poor state of ANC branches across regions in the province at the party’s provincial elective conference in East London.

MARCHING ON: ANC delegates arrive at the ICC yesterday for the regional conference. Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

He spoke of members getting involved in physical fights – which he said was “foreign” to the ANC.

He said there was a high level of ill-discipline at some branch meetings, with “comrades physically fighting in ANC or municipal council meetings”.

Details of the shocking state of the ANC in its historical backyard are contained in a 68-page organisational report Mabuyane tabled today to hundreds of delegates behind closed doors, who are attending the provincial conference at the International Convention Centre (ICC).

The latest figures reveal that in the past six years, ANC membership in the province has dropped from 186938 to 136207 this year, a decline of more than 50000 members.

In his report, seen by the Saturday Dispatch, Mabuyane warned that membership numbers “shows clearly a declining organisation”.

He said the inconsistencies also reflected “weaknesses in the administration of membership and the manifestation of tendencies like gatekeeping and membership buying”.

Mabuyane is also sceptical of the integrity of existing membership, and describes it a questionable, “as membership audits towards conferences reflect significant variations within a very short period”.

The trend suggests that most members are always inactive between conferences but tend to renew their membership towards all elective conferences.

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