ANC NGC: What you need to know

Jacob Zuma says all decisions taken over the weekend would go towards changing the ANC and SA.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s NGC in Midrand on 09 October, 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) delegates met at Gallagher Estate in Midrand at the weekend for the National General Council (NGC) to review the party's resolutions and policies.

Thousands of delegates agreed on policy changes that they said should be implemented at the ANC's next conference.

In a nutshell, ANC president Jacob Zuma said all the decisions taken over the weekend would go towards changing the party and South Africa.

In case you missed any of the highlights, Eyewitness News brings you the top decisions taken there:


Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attended the African Union summit in Sandton in June; the International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued a warrant of arrest for him for crimes against humanity.

South Africa, which as a member of ICC was, under the Rome Statute, obliged to arrest al-Bashir but failed to do so and he managed to leave the country.

Legal battles between the government and the ICC began shortly after that, leading to the NGC resolving to pull South Africa out of the ICC.

Over the weekend, NGC delegates said it wanted to pull out because other countries were acting in their own selfish interests.

Delegates added that the decision was because other countries had not followed the court's founding principles.

The process of withdrawing the country may take a year in order for proper procedures to be followed.

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The NGC delegates also recommended that Parliament should complete a feasibility study on the establishment of a media appeals tribunal as soon as possible.

This after delegates came to the conclusion that the South African media urgently needed transformation.

The resolution was presented to the public shortly after delegates endorsed it.

This means there might be urgent media transformation, accountability and diversity, including a parliamentary inquiry on the feasibility and desirability of a media appeals tribunal in line with the Constitution.


Also at the NGC, delegates resolved to reduce the number of provinces in the country from nine to possibly six.

The ANC in Western Cape had suggested that the reduction in the provinces would see the country succeed as a developmental state.

As he closed the gathering yesterday, President Zuma said the resolution came as a way to strengthen the democratic state of South Africa.

Western Cape ANC leadership have said in the past few weeks that a lower number of provinces would improve service delivery, eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and deal with apartheid geography.

The plan could potentially see the Western Cape merge with parts of the Eastern Cape.

The ANC also cited that the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have borne the burden of heavy migration as one of the main reasons to reduce the sentences.


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.

President Zuma said the party had also decided that all government employees should be audited.

Delegates also made strong calls for a better vetting process for ANC deployments.

The audits tie in with party's vision to create a national identity and dealing with corruption.

Delegates admitted that corruption was a big challenge facing the movement, both in government and inside the party, and that it should be tackled seriously.

The party then urged again that the ANC must lead in being harsh when dealing with corruption irrespective of who is involved in order to set a good example.

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ANC delegates resolved to a speedy review of the powers of school governing bodies.

The party said it will engage with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) on issues like teachers being at school on time, in class and teaching for at least seven hours a day.

Zuma admitted that they needed to confront the findings that black African children receive less hours of education and take action.

The ruling party also said all teachers must be subjected to annual national assessments.