076 Delegates carrying the ANC flag sing on the last day of the NGC at Durbnan's exhibition centre. 240910. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

The ANC’s national general council has decided to investigate the surge in civil society organisations in the country and new trends in the way South Africans protest.

The ANC’s Joel Netshithenze told reporters on Sunday that the party was concerned that protests now related about the quality of services and some of them were proved by local leaders wanting to create havoc to grab power.

“Pipes are being laid, but no water is coming out of them,” he said.

Netshithenze said that while the ANC was not opposed to a mushrooming in civil society, it was concerned that the ANC was “not able to give influence and intervene”.

He was briefing reporters at Gallagher Estate in Midrand following the completion of discussions of the party’s “balance of forces”.

Netshithenze also reiterated warnings that the national democratic revolution would be put in “danger” if the ANC did not have the will and capacity to implement its policies.

He said a major discussion was about the quality of cadres deployed by the party to the government and that some of them had created “shenanigans” in state-owned enterprises.

“The question is whether the people deployed are in fact cadres… They should have the qualifications, orientation to do the job and understand the programme of government”.

The ANC would look urgently into this matter.

Labour Bureau