Report indicates Ramaphosa faction pushing to oust Magashule and other capture ANC officials before 2019 election

Report indicates Ramaphosa faction pushing to oust Magashule and other capture ANC officials before 2019 election

- A report claims President Cyril Ramaphosa’s faction is pushing to oust Ace Magashule, Supra Mahumapelo and other ‘captured’ ANC officials

- The report claims this weekend’s NEC meeting will be dominated by a push from Ramaphosa’s supporters to purge the ANC of corrupt officials

- Failing this the NEC is expected to convene a national general council in July to take steps against ‘captured’ officials

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s carefully crafted attempts at unifying the African National Congress (ANC) could come under intense strain this weekend.

A report suggests Ramaphosa’s strongest backers are pushing to oust ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, high-ranking cabinet ministers and other ANC officials implicated in state capture allegations.

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The report suggests that Ramaphosa has been working hard to smooth over relations between his backers and those implicated in state capture in an attempt to bring unity and stability to the ruling party. gathered that the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is meeting in Cape Town from Friday until Sunday. The report claims, proceedings will be dominated by the push to purge the ANC of corrupt officials.

Failing this, Ramaphosa’s backers are expected to set in motion a process which will lead to a national general council meeting to be held in July, the council will be tasked with taking steps against ‘captured’ officials.

The ANC has denied the reports as nothing more than speculation.

Ramaphosa is understood to be against convening a national general council because it would destroy his fragile unity process, which he has been pushing since being elected ANC president in December.

Ramaphosa won the presidency by a small margin and risks alienating ANC branches if he is seen to be involved in a purge of officials who are not loyal to him.

The report further claims Magashule is running a parallel administration with different goals to that of Ramaphosa. The ANC has vehemently denied this and said Magashule is working well with other departments at Luthuli House.

Some senior ANC officials are understood to be backing calls for Magashule to be arrested for his role in the Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm scandal. The hope is that Senzo Mchunu will replace Magashule as ANC secretary general.

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