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Johannesburg - The ANC faces a stern test over its proposal that its members must vote directly for the top six leaders and national executive committee (NEC) members.

This proposal comes amid reports some of the ANC provinces, viewed as power brokers in the leadership battle, have fake memberships.

The reports said KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga were at the centre of the controversy over fake memberships.

At its policy conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg, the ANC proposed that its more than one million members must directly elect the top six leaders and other leaders in the structure.

The efficacy of the system would be developed and this could include using technology for the members of the party to vote directly instead of the branch delegates at the elective conference.

The matter was referred to the branches for discussion.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said on Satursay no audit was done in the provinces. He said the question of members directly electing leaders at the conference was not the only proposal.

“There are many proposals coming out of the national policy conference,” he said. “The practicality will be discussed when branches discuss the matter.”

ANC NEC member Febe Potgieter-Gqubule said the proposal was aimed at dealing with factionalism in the party.

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