Anyone who crosses the line in the ANC will “face the consequences,” ANC president Jacob Zuma said at the closing of the party's national general council in Durban on Friday.

Zuma, who was welcomed with cheers and the singing of “Zuma , my president” from the 2000 delegates, said the party's branches had “spoken eloquently” on the organisation's “renewal” and the restoration of its “integrity”.

“Anyone who crosses the line will face the consequences,” Zuma said to cheers.

“The NGC has agreed that the conduct of any ANC member must never undermine the standing of the ANC in public.”

Zuma said the NGC had instructed the party's leadership to “root out” factional elements in the party, including those in the national executive committee (NEC).

The party, he said, was “stronger, more stable, and more focused” than two years ago.

In his political report at the start of the NGC on Monday, Zuma hit out at the ANC Youth League saying the party's leadership would work with the ANCYL after the NGC to ensure that “regrettable incidents” were “dealt with”.

His remarks came after a barrage of insults from ANCYL president Julius Malema, who said before the NGC that party members should not following the example of leaders who took multiple wives.

Zuma has three wives and is engaged to a fourth. - Sapa