Picture: SIMON MATHEBULA
Picture: SIMON MATHEBULA

THE African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng will relentlessly pursue the reform of the party’s electoral processes, to ensure that it is modernised, provincial secretary David Makhura said on Tuesday.

The ANC’s June policy conference rejected Gauteng’s proposal to allow would-be ANC leaders a platform to answer questions before a leadership election — a process similar to the US primaries held by Democrats and Republicans to select their presidential candidates.

Reports of problems with the nomination process at branch level have drawn attention to the ANC ahead of its national conference in Mangaung next month.

Gauteng is determined to push on with persuading the ruling party to effect key reforms, both in the party and in the state. "The ANC is not there yet … it will get there one day," Mr Makhura said on Tuesday.

The province itself faced problems during the nomination process, which kicked off last month and ends Friday week (November 30) — with about 10 branches requiring provincial leadership to intervene.

Mr Makhura said the ANC should benchmark its reform process on international best practice.

There were "ongoing discussions" in the ANC about boosting the party’s internal democratic processes and also about reforming the country’s electoral system.

Gauteng is leading the ANC’s organisational renewal process, and Mr Makhura said the "push and the struggle for renewal" would continue whether the province’s views were endorsed in the national conference or not.

At a provincial general council meeting early next month, the ANC in Gauteng is set to finalise its position on key policy issues including a "comprehensive review … of the democratic state and the character of our emerging political system in order to strengthen grassroots democracy".

The detail of the proposals would be ironed out at the provincial general council.

Provincial executive committee member and spokesman Nkenke Kekana said part of modernising the ANC would be to address its membership system.

A report into alleged fraud in the candidate list selection process ahead of last year’s local elections found flaws in the ANC membership system. The report, compiled by a team chaired by African Union commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recommended that the ANC’s national executive committee set up a task team to review the current membership system.