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'ANC membership numbers are down'

Gwede Mantashe says it's about looking at trends and seeing what can be done to change this.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addresses the media at the party's NGC in Midrand on 9 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says membership numbers have decreased and there are a number of reasons for this.

Mantashe briefed the media following a closed session on the state of the organisation.

He says in 2012 the party hit the one million mark, in terms of members.

He says they've been monitoring the trends, after the numbers dropped to about 700,000.

Mantashe says it's about looking at this and seeing what can be done to change this.

The secretary general says the integrity commission will also be making decisions and no longer recommendations in terms of members who put the ANC in a negative light.

WATCH: The ANC's national general council explained.

MANTASHE ENDORSES ASKING MEMBERS ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION TO STEP DOWN

Mantashe says they've asked delegates to endorse a system that would ensure leaders accused of corruption step aside.

But he says that they want delegates here to ensure that stronger action is taken against ANC leaders who are accused of corruption.

In his organisational report the party has said that a Mangaung resolution on this issue appears to have been set aside.

Mantashe has also gone into detail about how the party's membership has declined since 2012.

He says that's because of what he calls gate-keeping and the fact many branch secretaries have not been telling their members to renew their membership.