Mem­bers may have to de­clare wealth

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BHEKI MBANJWA

DOGGED by cor­rup­tion, fac­tion­al­ism and vote buy­ing within its ranks, the ANC is now con­sid­er­ing forc­ing mem­bers to dis­close their sources of wealth and those cam­paign­ing for po­si­tions to de­clare their fun­ders.

These were some of the pro­pos­als tabled at the ANC na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence cur­rently un­der way at Nas­rec.

The party ad­mit­ted that it faced a host of prob­lems, in­clud­ing fac­tion­al­ism, bulk buy­ing of mem­ber­ship and bat­tles over the con­trol of re­sources.

ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Fik­ile Mbalula pre­sented a doc­u­ment out­lin­ing some of the rad­i­cal changes that the party plans to un­der­take as part of the re­newal strat­egy re­sult­ing from grow­ing con­cerns that the party is bleed­ing sup­port.

Pro­pos­als in­clude the cre­ation of a “rev­o­lu­tion­ary elec­toral coun­cil”, a body which would screen and in­ter­view mem­bers for el­i­gi­bil­ity be­fore they could even stand for po­si­tions; open­ing up the cam­paign­ing process; and giv­ing more pow­ers to the party’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion.

The elec­toral coun­cil would be formed by mem­bers of the party who are not in­ter­ested in any of the po­si­tions.

Mbalula said this was meant to deal with fac­tion­al­ism in the ANC, which in some cases had led to un­de­serv­ing can­di­dates mak­ing it to the party’s top lead­er­ship by virtue of their hav­ing the sup­port of the strong­est fac­tion at that point.

“The coun­cil will help us ex­or­cise the ten­dency of fac­tion­al­ism… We don’t want can­di­dates who are af­firmed by fac­tions,” Mbalula said on the side­lines of day three of the six-day con­fer­ence.

He said the coun­cil would eval­u­ate mem­bers run­ning for po­si­tions us­ing The Eye of the Nee­dle, the ANC’s guide­lines on choos­ing its lead­ers.

On the mat­ter of mem­bers hav­ing to de­clare their wealth, Mbalula said this was in or­der to deal with the is­sue of mem­bers hav­ing ill-got­ten riches.

“We can­not say ar­rest and in­ves­ti­gate all those who have ques­tion­able wealth, but we must be able to give an ac­count of the per­sonal wealth of in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

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