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'ANC needs more educated politicians'

ANC Gauteng says the party must focus on developing quality members for the next 10 years.

Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile as picture on 25 May 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Gauteng on Sunday said the party must focus on developing quality members over the next 10 years.

Speaking at the special provincial general conference in Alberton on Sunday, Gauteng ANC leader Paul Mashatile said the requirements of deployment needed to be reviewed.

A few hundred people met to hold final discussions on policies before they embark to Bloemfontein for the ANC's national elective conference.

Mashatile has called for the next 10 years to be declared 'The Decade of the Cadre' - where political education will take centre stage.

"If you do not go through our political school, you will not be deployed."

He said that must be done to ensure the party is not embarrassed by uninformed members.

"We don't want to employ people, whether as a councillor, a mayor or MP, that will later embarrass us as the ANC."

Mashatile lauded the significant increase in ANC membership in recent years and said leaders should now focus on educating the new members.

The ANC's Mangaung conference gets underway on Sunday.