ANC 'gravely concerned' about dwindling support

The ruling party says allegations of corruption against members is tarnishing its integrity.

FILE. The ruling party says allegations of corruption against members are tarnishing its integrity. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has admitted it is gravely concerned about its declining support, saying allegations of corruption are damaging the integrity of the party.

The ANC today outlined what it believes will be pressing issues up for discussion at its national general council, which is scheduled for next year.

It will now be reviewing its strategies.

ANC National Spokesman Zizi Kodwa says party officials must respond to allegations against them, even if they are without merit.

"We are very concerned as the ANC, I think we have said this a couple of times. The issue of corruption is damaging the integrity of the ANC. That is why we must engage with allegations of corruption, even if they are factually incorrect."

Meanwhile, the party's head of policy Jeff Radebe says the transformation of the economy will be one of the main debates at the council.

Radebe says the council will review resolutions taken at the Mangaung elective conference two years ago, as well as documents on strategy and tactics.

He says monopoly capital remains the main enemy.

"One of the things that we need to do in South Africa, to move our country forward, is deal with the issue of monopoly capital. As the ANC, how far have we moved to ensure that monopoly capital does not continue to be the dominant factor in South African society?"