ANC wants proof of ‘fak­ing’

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has re­sponded to ac­cu­sa­tions that mem­ber­ship fig­ures in the prov­ince are be­ing fab­ri­cated, with a de­mand for ev­i­dence.

It was re­spond­ing to claims that Luthuli House was prob­ing “fake” mem­ber­ship in KZN and other prov­inces.

Its stance is the op­po­site of the one taken by the ANC in the East­ern Cape, which has wel­comed the probe un­der way by au­di­tors in all prov­inces ahead of the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

In a state­ment, KZN spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli said no re­port had been made avail­able on the re­sults of the au­dit of five of their re­gions.

“We call upon any­one with ev­i­dence of fake mem­ber­ship to come for­ward and pro­vide cred­i­ble de­tails so ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion can be taken,” Ntuli said.

“The ANC provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee will in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary mea­sures against any­one in­volved in the ma­nip­u­la­tion of our mem­ber­ship records for self­ish ends.”

His com­ments came af­ter re­ports that the ANC’s two big­gest prov­inces, KZN and the East­ern Cape, were among those in­ves­ti­gated for fraud­u­lent mem­ber­ship, along with Lim­popo and Mpumalanga.

Mem­ber­ship of these four prov­inces has been on the de­cline since the 2012 na­tional gen­eral coun­cil.

ANC East­ern Cape spokesper­son Mlibo Qo­boshiyana wel­comed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It is to give cred­i­bil­ity to the mem­ber­ship records,” he said. “We don’t have large-scale fraud. But we do dis­cover mem­ber­ship dis­crep­an­cies.”

Qo­boshiyana said the ANC al­lowed mem­bers to down­load mem­ber­ship forms and pay mem­ber­ship fees at the bank into the ac­count of their branches.

At times, he said, peo­ple de­layed sub­mit­ting these forms to the branch sec­re­taries, and as a re­sult, au­di­tors would come across en­velopes of forms not on the data­base pro­vided by the sec­re­taries.

Qo­boshiyana said that at other times, re­cruiters at branch level also did not sub­mit mem­ber­ship forms be­cause of in­fight­ing and gate­keep­ing. “The chal­lenge then cen­tres on the co-or­di­na­tion of the forms be­fore the au­dit.”

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