President Cyril Ramaphosa's supporters in the ANC flexed their muscles at the party's national executive committee meeting over the past weekend, reeling in loose cannons and calling for discipline. Among those called out were Secretary-General Ace Magashule for his alleged links to the African Transformation Movement party.
Ace Magashule is in the spotlight for his alleged involvement with the ATM party, which contested the elections in opposition to the ANC.
City Press reports that the president's supporters in the ruling party called for an investigation into Magashule's ties to the party, with one commenting that:
“The resolution is that [Magashule] must be investigated with regard to the ATM. The officials will have to initiate an investigation."
Another ally of the president claimed that the NEC has come down hard on ANC members' conduct that could have threatened the party's success at the ballots, saying that Magashule's comments had been perceived as an attack on Ramaphosa.
Briefly.co.za reported at the time that Magashule had denied claims that the party's success during the elections should be credited to Ramaphosa, saying that no individual could outshine the party itself.
Pule Mabe, spokesman for the ANC, commented that there is no formal investigation underway, saying that:
“We had said that if there are things that need to be looked into – be it about the ATM or about things that happened during elections – it will be the officials who are seized with such things. The NEC would be too big a committee to deal with those things. If there is a feeling that something must be dealt with, it will be attended to. We have got officials whom we believe are capable of attending to such things.”
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