- President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned ANC members that disobedience would not be tolerated
- He also repeated the party's plans for 2021 which focused on recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
- This comes in the wake of Ace Magshule's dramatic suspension after he refused to step aside in the face of criminal charges
President Cyril Ramaphosa has drawn a line in the sand and warned disobedient ANC members that behaviour that undermines the organisation will not be tolerated.
“The ANC has drawn a line in the sand. The line stands,” said Ramaphosa, during a virtual address at the ANC’s 9th Northern Cape provincial conference.
Ramaphosa's address focused on the party's five priorities for 2021. These are combating the Covi-19 pandemic, economic recovery, organisational renewal, strengthening local government as well as building a better Africa.
The president said that these targets are likely to meet resistance from members within the party who have benefitted from "deviant practices of the past”.
This comes in the wake of the dramatic suspension of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. He refused to step aside while facing criminal charges relating to an asbestos contract.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that 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.
In other news, 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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