An ANC councillor in Pongola says the use of illegitimate membership forms could be used to influence the party’s elections.

AN ANC councillor in Pongola has alleged widespread membership fraud within the party's branches in the Zululand area.

While testifying before the Moerane commission on Monday, councillor Nqaba Mkhwanazi testified that they had discovered about 4000 fraudulent members, which could be used to manipulate the party's election.

He was giving testimony about the circumstances leading to the murder of his friend and councillor Pat Khumalo in December last year.

Khumalo was shot dead at the front door of his house.

"We discovered that there had been about 4000 fraudulent membership forms. We discovered these membership in Nongoma. They were using a different stamp than the one that we use.”

He said those fraudulent members could influence the party's election.

"What happens is that some ANC regional leaders would then sideline the real branches of the party in favour of these bogus branches, and that will result in a leadership that is not legitimate being elected," said Mkhwanazi.

He said after discovering fraudulent membership, they had reported the matter to the provincial leadership and the national leaders.

"We are still waiting for the response from the national office of the ANC," said Mkhwanazi.

He said they had also reported the matter to the police.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said the party was investigating allegations of membership fraud in the Zululand area.

"We know of allegations involving around 1000 membership that we are investigating. We do not know where he is getting that 4000 figure," said Ntuli.