ANC veteran Nceba Faku has proposed far-reaching changes to ANC operations in a bid to overhaul the organisation and make it attractive to all age groups, amid calls from some party stalwarts and branches to kick out the entire top national leadership.

Faku has set out to rectify “seven sins”, which include poor leadership within the party, financial irregularities and corruption, arguing that there were bigger problems that needed to be seriously tackled than just the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

“The popular [case] about the removal or resignation of Zuma is well made. It cannot be argued that this is not one of our sins. Both the ANC, its partners in the [tripartite] alliance and … society at large need to move on to address other sins.

“Ignoring them or pretending that Zuma is our only sin would be disingenuous and a failure to see the bigger challenge,” Faku said.

 Under a subheading “What is the real reason of ANC decline, the substance of our crisis?”, Faku bemoaned the organisation’s conservative machinery and systems, the juniorisation of leaders and corruption. He fingered the party’s inability to convincingly deal with unemployment and to curb rampant criminality. He also identified the ever-increasing prices on basic foods and services.
The important points Faku pointed out are as follows ;

1. The ANC should open nomination and canvassing in critical but selected positions, for example, president, secretary-general, national chairperson, provincial secretary, premier and provincial chairperson.
2. Provincial chairpersons should be a full time responsibility and may not be elected Premiers.
3. All ANC deployees should contribute 50% of their monthly income to the ANC.
4. More authority for Provinces to produce and Administer its membership card system, subject to ANC regulations.
5. National executive committee (NEC) should be 60% constituted by direct provincial representatives and 40% by general elected NEC members. The provincial representatives would be recallable by their provincial executive committee following consultations with branches.
6. Implement transparent and technology-driven membership system to enhance voting.
7.Ensure cadre development through compulsory political induction programmes (10 classes).
8.Reinstate credible disciplinary enforcement procedures.