POLL | Will Ace Magashule step down?

31 March 2021 - 07:02
Some ANC national executive committee members want secretary-general Ace Magashule to be disciplined for bringing the party into disrepute. File photo.
Some ANC national executive committee members want secretary-general Ace Magashule to be disciplined for bringing the party into disrepute. File photo.
Image: Esa Alexander

All eyes are on ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule as South Africans wait to see whether he will vacate his position within 30 days, as agreed by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) on Monday night.

The ANC was in meetings between Friday and Monday which were dominated by the implementation of the 25.70 rule of the party’s constitution.  It stipulates all members facing charges of corruption or other serious crimes must step aside, failing which they should be suspended.

The “step aside” rule affects politically embattled Magashule, who is currently out on R200,000 bail. He is facing corruption charges relating to the Free State asbestos project.

The new rule was contested by his supporters, who threatened to resign from the ANC should he be forced to step aside.

Speaking to TimesLIVE on Monday on condition of anonymity, they said quitting as members of the ANC was “the last resort. We are still going to fight”.

Magashule did not have the support of all ANC members. TimesLIVE is in possession of a leaked audio from the meeting in which members can be heard protesting the proceedings of the meeting until a decision is made on Magashule.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the outcomes of the NEC meeting on Monday.

He said provincial leaders will meet national officials to refine the guidelines to ensure the correct implementation of the resolutions.

He said the office of the secretary-general, which will be led by deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, will work with the provinces to identify all people affected and inform them of the decision.


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