- The ANC has said that Ace Magashule will have to deal with the corruption allegations against him by himself
- The party says they will retract an earlier statement they made, defending Magashule
- Magashule, however, has denied the accusations
The ANC says that it will retract its statement that there a media campaign targeting the party.
The party made the statements in response to the state capture allegations made against Ace Magashule in Pieter-Louis Myburgh's new book, Gangster State.
In the book, Myburgh claims that Magashule unlawfully profited from several dubious tenders while he served as Free State premier.
On Sunday, the ANC published an extensive statement in which they argued that the book was part of a smear campaign designed to undermine the party, Briefly.co.za has learned.
Dakota Legoete, a spokesperson for the ruling party, said he had consulted with the senior officials in the party and that they had decided to retract their previous statement, according to Eyewitness News.
The party has said that the allegations against Ace Magashule are a personal rather than party matter, and that Magashule will have to deal with them on his own.
Magashule has dimissed the allegations and suggested that he might take legal action against Myburgh. He says there is no evidence to support the book's claims.
Myburgh has welcomed Magashule's legal threats and said the secretary-general could take him to court if he wanted to.
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