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Bogus cop arrested at ANC's NGC

The 37-year-old was arrested while trying to gain entry into the venue without accreditation on Saturday.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa outlines how the ANC has been discussing certain issues at its National General Council on Saturday 10 October 2015. Picture: @MyANC via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Authorities have arrested a man, for allegedly impersonating a police officer, at the African National Congress's National General Council in Midrand.

The 37-year-old was arrested while trying to gain entry into the venue without accreditation on Saturday.

He's been charged with the impersonation of an officer and the possession of a firearm without a permit.

He will also be charged for producing a bogus police appointment certificate.

Meanwhile, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mtethwa says one of the reasons the ANC battles to deal with corruption is because it has inherited a corrupt system.

He also says the national democratic revolution will be in danger if the party doesn't act against corruption.

"You're inheriting this systematically corrupt state, in the process of introducing new ethos, you're going to be tripped."

ZUMA RULES OUT THIRD TERM

ANC president, Jacob Zuma, said he would never take part in elections for a third term as party leader, even if ANC branches begged him to.

The president told the Mail & Guardian at the National General Council (NGC) that he would not stand for re-election at the next ANC conference in 2017.

Zuma's remarks follow reports that the North West, Mpumalanga and Free State ANC structures want him to continue his term until 2017 and possibly contest for another.

Shortly before making his comments on third term as ANC president, Zuma said the party is not yet concerned with succession.

"Now it's not an issue, even if you wanted to make it an issue maybe I can feel I want to stand and then people say how can you stand, it could be a debate. It's just really to help people talking; it's not a matter tight now."

The North West ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo said if that is Zuma's decision, ANC members must respect it.

"On whether you can elect the president for the third, fourth, fifth or tenth term depends on the incumbent, like now the president has said he will never avail himself, we agree with him."

Furthermore, the party has moved to clarify Zuma's comments that he would never take part in elections for a third term as party leader.

ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said the report was mischievous and that no issues of leadership and succession should be dealt with at the NGC.

Zuma said repeated discussions on the same issues at ANC conferences do not equate a failure of the party's policies.

He said an issue like the alleviation of unemployment is still as high on this year's NGC agenda, as it was in previous meetings.