The Alliance Political Council, comprising of the national officials of the ANC, SACP, COSATU and SANCO, aim to clamp down on corruption and factionalism by conducting lifestyle audits on senior members.
The council met from 23 to 24 October 2016, ‘to reflect’ on the message communicated by its core social base in the 3 August local government elections.
“Whilst the ANC, with 54% of the vote, still enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of the people, there has been a significant decline in its electoral support. The Alliance Political Council agreed that this was a message, from the people, that we must do things differently to win back their trust,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.
The council said that persisting problems of high levels of class, race and gender inequalities, unemployment and poverty, were identified as a major challenge facing a national democratic transformation, and as the cause of many undesirable political tendencies.
The collective called on all cadres ‘to exercise high levels of discipline, be exemplary in their conduct and respect the outcomes of Alliance processes’. “Each Alliance component will decisively address all instances of ill-discipline within their ranks,” it said.
The council said it was clear that there must be decisive action against corruption and factionalism without fear, favour or prejudice.
“The meeting agreed that all alliance partners will institute a standing process to have their individual leaders at all levels, starting at the national level, to declare their assets and incomes. The alliance and its components will also institute regular and random life-style audits. This will contribute towards reasserting the integrity of the Alliance and its components,” it said.
The political council said it agreed to explore the establishment of an Alliance Policy Institute to improve structured policy co-ordination, consultation, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of alliance decisions.