- Speaking at an ANC Freedom Rally, Ace Magashule hit back at Pieter-Louis Myburgh's claims that the ANC secretary-general was involved in corruption
- He aSso defended other ANC figures who have been implicated in state capture
- This comes after Cyril Ramaphosa has previously cautioned Magashule not to use the party platform to address the corruption allegations against him
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has defied Cyril Ramaphosa's instructions not to use the ANC to defend himself from corruption allegations.
This comes as Magashule tried to address some of the allegations against him at an ANC rally over the weekend.
Speaking at the event, Magashule encouraged ANC supporters to buy journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book about Magashule, saying that that the book contained inaccurate and uncorroborated claims.
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Magashule also used the platform - which was an ANC Freedom Day event - to accuse Myburgh of being a racist and drew parallels between him and apartheid architect, Hendrik Verwoerd.
He also rejected Myburgh's book Gangster State, calling it "stupid".
Magashule rubbished suggestions that he played an influential behind-the-scenes role in the ANC. He said the party had no "small boss", according to News24. Rather, he said the party's leadership was equal.
Magashule went on to say that some people were afraid to speak out in support of the ANC leadership. However, he maintained that he would defend several leading party figures who have been implicated in corruption, such as Gwede Mantashe and Nomvula Mokonyane.
This runs counter to Ramaphosa's earlier warning to Magashule not to use the ANC's platform to hit back at corruption allegations.
Additionally, during his speech, Magashule said that he and his lawyers were considering taking legal actions against Myburgh because of his book, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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