A video clip of President Jacob Zuma reading the ANC’s membership figures at last year’s national general council was a YouTube hit and even tickled Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. Zuma’s penchant for fumbling big numbers is a source of endless hilarity but many people overlooked the message being relayed in the clip. The ANC is bleeding membership and will continue to do so as factional battles and disillusionment plague the party. Why is the ANC leadership allowing so many people, like the entire losing faction in KwaZulu-Natal, to be flushed out? It has to do with a little event called the ANC 54th national conference, next December. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.