ANC investigates Magashule over claims he helped form rival party

ANC investigates Magashule over claims he helped form rival party

- According to ANC insiders, an investigation will soon be launched concerning Ace Magashule

- This follows allegations that Magashule played a role in founding the ATM party

- Kgalema Motlanthe will reportedly lead the investigation

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The ANC is set to investigate allegations of Secretary-General Ace Magashule's involvement in the formation of the African Transformation Movement (ATM).

According to sources, former president Kgalema Motlanthe will head the investigation, along with a panel, which has yet to be confirmed.

It is alleged that Magashule was instrumental in creating the party, which is currently led by by Jimmy Manyi.

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News24 has reported that evidence of Magashule's role in ATM was delivered to the ANC leadership shortly before this year's election. 

Reportedly, the decision to investigate Magashule was taken by the ANC NEC and was confirmed by Magashule himself. It appears that Magashule believes the investigation will clear his name. 

However, News24's sources within the ANC NEC suggest that the party leadership is divided with regard to Magashule.

For example, one NEC member allegedly said that Magashule was dangerous to the ANC. According to this individual, the ATM's goal was to pull votes away from the ANC in order to have some bargaining power with the ANC.

However, another NEC member reportedly views the allegations against Magashule as an act of treason. This suggest that Magashule still has loyalists in the upper echelons of the ANC.

READ ALSO: Zikalala: ANC members who are facing serious charges must step down has gathered that the investigation will commence shortly and will focus on several smaller parties that contested this year's election, rather than just ATM and Magashule.

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