An ANC supporter holds a flag of the ANC while the President Jacob Zuma addresses ANC Gauteng Cadre Assembly in Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Johannesburg - The African National Congress in the Eastern Cape lost 28 000 members in 11 months, the Dispatch Online reported on Thursday.

The publication said the figure was revealed in the latest report.

It said the province registered a record loss of more than 35 000 members before the ANC elective conference in Mangaung in December.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the latest plunge in membership was a major concern, but he did not see it having an impact on election programmes.

“We still have vibrant election teams at branch level. They helped the party secure a 74-percent vote for the ANC in the 2011 local government election,” he said.

“These leaders are still there and are not affected by membership audits.”

The publication reported that last year in January the province had 225 597 ANC members.

By June 2012, the figure had dropped by 38 597 to 187 000. - Sapa