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ANC: All government employees should be audited

The ANC wrapped up its NGC with a resolve to decisively deal with factionalism and gatekeeping.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s NGC in Midrand. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has emerged from its National General Council (NGC) with a resolve to decisively deal with factionalism and gatekeeping that it says threatens the party's character.

The party says it's resolved on a thorough screening of its deployment in the state.

On Sunday night, the NGC wrapped up with a closing address by President Jacob Zuma after three days of debates on the state of the party and its performance in government.

The NGC is a mid-year policy review conducted by the party between conferences.

Zuma said the party had 1.3 million members, and had resolved to reform its membership system to eliminate manipulation.

"The NGC has also taken resolutions to improve the membership administration system and to eliminate gatekeeping and the bulk bank of votes."

He said there were also strong calls for a better vetting process for ANC deployments.

"The ANC deployment committee should also ensure proper vetting is undertaken prior to deployment of comrades."

The president said the party had also decided that all government employees should be audited.

"Government should conduct a lifestyle of audits for all employees of the state and all its related entities."

Zuma said the ANC hoped to get all of itsmembers registered on the ANC database in time for its 2017 elective conference.

WATCH: Zuma closes NGC with 'back to basics' strategy.

ANC RESOLVES TO WITHDRAW FROM ICC

The ANC says it still believes its foreign policy decisions are guided by human rights, despite deciding that South Africa must withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

The NGC on Sunday resolved to withdraw from the ICC.

Earlier this year, government failed to implement a demand from a High Court that Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir be arrested in South Africa.

ANC International Relations head Obed Bapela says human rights are still part of the party's foreign policy.

"South Africa still holds the flag of human rights. We are not lowering it. We will continue to hold it high."

But he says human rights can't be the only policy South Africa follows.

"We have realised that other nations come in there with selfish interests. They would rather put their own interests first than the world's interests."

International relations experts say the process to withdraw from the ICC takes at least a calendar year.

'A NATIONAL IDENTITY'

The ruling party has also called for co-operation from South Africans to find a common vision that will create a national identity.

A commission on social transformation says it has received a recommendation for the local language of each province to be taught as a second language in schools.

The ANC says the proposed measure is just one of the ways it hopes to create a unique South African identity.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the teaching of indigenous languages in schools could create the commonality needed for a national identity.

"We are expecting that there will be a second language for all of us, which is an African language around which we could all have some commonality and be able to communicate."

The commission on social transformation has warned against Afrikaans being treated as the uniform second language of the country, especially in schools.

It's been recommended that more of the official languages be taught to South Africans as the party grapples with creating cohesion.

WATCH: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addresses the drop in the ruling party's membership numbers.