- Secretary-General Ace Magashule has received a response from President Cyril Ramaphosa about his suspension
- Magashule responded to the ANC step-aside rule by stating the president should be suspended for the CR17 campaign
- Ramaphosa said that Magashule had not provided adequate reasons for his suspension court application
African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has been called out by President Cyril Ramaphosa due to his suspension for failing to provide adequate reasons for his 'unlawful' and 'purported suspension and for basing it on an 'ill-informed distortion of the truth'.
The president reiterated that there was no structure in the ruling party that had proposed any unlawful conduct that was related to his campaign to become president of the ANC back in 2017, say reports.
Ramaphosa said in his signed and sworn answering affidavit to Magashule's court application that the SG can only suspend members if their temporary suspension was in the interest of the ruling party.
A report by News24 stated that Ramaphosa said the reason the matter made its way to court is that the Public Protector had 'unlawfully' investigated the controversial CR17 campaign that many have queried in the past few years.
According to Daily Maverick, the president stated in his court papers that Magashule's claims of his suspension are based on the decision of the ruling party's National Working Committee were 'completely false'. He reiterated that the decision was made to suspend all those who were charged with serious crimes or corruption.
Previously, Briefly News reported that Ramaphosa revealed that he was caught off guard by suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule's decision to take the ANC to court.
This was because he thought that Magashule would not question the constitutional grounds for the step-aside policy adopted by the ANC. According to eNCA, Ramaphosa revealed that Magashule had been instrumental in implementing and adhering to the ANC constitution.
Ramaphosa has doubled down on his decision as president of the ANC and the country. News24 reported that he said that he has not lost any sleep over the steps he has taken as president. The ANC is facing a challenging time as suspended members are taking the party to court and the party appears fractured.
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