The African National Congress has begun auditing its membership in preparation for the party’s national conference at the end of the year.
“The auditing process has started and is currently underway,” ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said on Friday.
“We don’t know when it will be done but it has to be completed by October so we can start with the nominations (for the party’s leadership). The audit is necessary for the nomination process to begin.”
The audit has a direct bearing on the national conference because the provincial membership determines the size of each province’s voting delegation.
According to the ANC’s constitution, at least 90 percent of delegates at the national conference will be from branches.
The number of delegates per branch would be in proportion to its paid-up membership. Each branch in good standing would be entitled to at least one delegate.
The number of delegates from each province was decided by the national executive committee (NEC).
The remaining 10 percent of voting delegates was allocated by the NEC from among the provincial executive committees, the ANC Veterans’ League, the ANC Youth League and the ANC Women’s League.
The ANC in Limpopo said the province had already been audited.
“They have already audited our province and the work they have done has gone very well,” spokesman Makonde Mathivha said.
“We have not heard of any serious challenges that cannot be solved.”
Before the ANC’s national policy conference in June, the party in Limpopo had a recorded membership number of 114 385 members, 11.1 percent of the total ANC membership.
Northern Cape secretary Zamani Saul said branches in that province were audited last month.
“We’ve been audited; we are just waiting for an outcome,” he said.
The Northern Cape is the ANC’s smallest province, making up 4.1 percent of total ANC membership.
Mpumalanga secretary Lucky Ndinisa said auditing of the province’s membership started on Tuesday.
“The team arrived here on Tuesday and said they will need six days,” said Ndinisa.
“The auditing is done by a few people dealing with numbers and checking registers. It is our job to provide them with everything they need.”
Mpumalanga made up 9.6 percent of total ANC membership. When last counted, the province had 98 892 members.
Auditing of branches in the ANC’s largest province, KwaZulu-Natal, would begin later this month, provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said.
“We are ready for the audit; I think we are scheduled to be audited late this month,” he said.
He said the province was still waiting for the ANC headquarters to give them a date.
Before its provincial congress in May, the province said it had 244 900 verified members, 23.8 percent of the total ANC membership.
ANC Free State spokesman William Bulwane said the provincial audit would start next week.
Before the party’s provincial conference in July the total number of members stood at about 86,000, he said.
Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile said the province’s audit would start on Saturday, and would take five days.
The province is the ANC’s second smallest with 43 397 members, 4.2 percent of the total membership.
Gauteng ANC spokesman Dumisa Ntuli said he was not sure when the province would be audited.
“The national office is in charge of giving us the dates,” he said.
After its first audit earlier this year, Gauteng had 121 223 members -11.8 percent of total ANC membership.
The Eastern Cape, which is the ANC’s second largest province, and the North West both said they have not received a date for their audit yet.
The provinces’ last count showed Eastern Cape had 225 597 members which made up 22 percent of total ANC membership, and the North West had 60 319 members.
The ANC had set itself a target of a million overall members.
Earlier this year, during the party’s centenary celebrations, President Jacob Zuma said the ANC had surpassed this target and membership was at about 1 027 389.
In 2007, before the ANC’s national elective conference in Polokwane the party had a total of 621 247 members.
At the time, the Eastern Cape was the party’s biggest province with 153 164 members.
KwaZulu-Natal had 102 742 members, Gauteng 59 909, Free State 61 310, Limpopo 67 632, Mpumalanga 54 913, North West 47 353, Northern Cape 37 267 and Western Cape 36 947. – Sapa