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How to join the ANC

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Who can join the ANC

Membership of the ANC is open to all South Africans above the age of 18 years, irrespective of race, colour and creed, who accept its principles, policies and programmes and are prepared to abide by its Constitution and rules.

Others who may apply for membership include:

  • spouses or children of South Africans who have manifested a clear identification with the South African people and its struggle;
  • people who are resident in South Africa and have manifested a clear identification with the South African people and their struggle.
Rights and duties of members

An ANC member has the right to:

  • Take a full and active part in the discussion, formulation and implementation of the policy of the ANC.
  • Receive and impart information on all aspects of ANC policy and activities.
  • Offer constructive criticism of any member, official, policy programme or activity of the ANC within its structures.
  • Take part in elections and be elected or appointed to any committee, structure, commission or delegation of the ANC.
  • Submit proposals or statements through the appropriate structures to the branch, province, region or NEC.
An ANC member has a duty to:
  • Belong to and take an active part in the life of his or her branch.
  • Take all necessary steps to understand and carry out the aims, policy and programme of the ANC.
  • Explain the aims, policy and programme of the ANC to the people.
  • Deepen his or her understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic problems of the country.
  • Combat propaganda detrimental to the interests of the ANC and defend the policy, aims and programme of the ANC.
  • Fight against racism, tribal chauvinism, sexism, religious and political intolerance or any other form of discrimination or chauvinism.
  • Observe discipline, behave honestly and carry out loyally decisions of the majority and decisions of higher bodies.
  • Inform his or her branch of movement to any other area and report to the branch committee secretary on arriving at any new area.
  • Refrain from publishing and/or distributing any media without authorisation which purports to be the view of any organised grouping, faction or tendency within the ANC.
  • All members shall ensure that they are registered as voters in the constituency where they live.
  • ANC members who hold elective office in any sphere of governance at national, provincial or local level are required to be members of the appropriate caucus, to function within its rules and to abide by its decisions under the general provisions of this Constitution and the constitutional structures of the ANC
How to join the ANC

To join the ANC:

  1. Contact the Secretary of your nearest ANC branch. The appropriate ANC Provincial or Regional Office can assist you with the name and contact details of the branch.
  2. Print out and complete the membership application form and post or fax it to the membership officer in your province, (see below) together with the annual membership fee of R20.00.

NOTE: Branches should utilise the Bulk Deposit Form to deposit membership fees for more than one member.

See the explanatory notes below to assist you in filling out the form.

On application, an acknowledgement of provisional membership will be sent to you together with any available information about your branch.

Applications for membership are considered by the branch executive committee, the regional executive committee or any other appropriate structures. Unless any objections are received, a provisional member will become a full member after a period of eight weeks.

A membership card will then be issued.

For more information on ANC membership, read Rules 4 and 5 of the ANC Constitution.

Any queries regarding membership can be sent to the National Membership Officer, Mandla Twala at [email protected], Tel: 011 376 1000 and Fax: 086 570 7110.

Explanatory Notes:

Membership Category:

If you are a member of one or more of the following ANC or allied structures, please indicate which:

  • Women`s League, Youth League
  • Cosatu, SACP, Sanco
  • Sasco, Cosas

Membership type:

Please indicate whether you intend your membership to be:

  • active, which means full participation in the structures and work of the organisation;
  • inactive, which means that due to exceptional circumstances you will not participate in the structures and work of the ANC.

Subscription amount:

The current annual ANC Membership Fee is R20.00

Donation amount:

In addition to the annual Membership Fee, you are invited to make a donation to the ANC in support of its work.

New, Renewal:

Indicate whether you are a new member or renewing your membership.

Previous Card Number:

If you are renewing your membership, please supply your previous card number.


This only needs to be filled in if you know which branch you fall under.