Chairperson of Corruption Watch and ANC veteran, Mavuso Msimang, has expressed concern at allegations that Ace Magashule was behind the launch of the ATM party. Msimang feels that the secretary-general should step down, pending the completion of an investigation into the matter.
Mavuso Msimang, chairperson of Corruption Watch, is concerned about allegations that Ace Magashule was behind the formation of the African Transformation Movement.
Msimang said that if the reports were true that the ANC was investigating Magashule's involvement, he should temporarily step down:
“The allegation … is very disturbing. If the ANC leadership believes there is a basis for investigating this grave allegation, the exercise should proceed with urgency. In this regard, it may be necessary to allow the secretary-general to go on leave pending completion of the investigation.”
The chairperson says it is also vital that Magashule's innocence is presumed, pending the completion of the investigation. Msimang feels it is equally-important that the investigation is not affected by potentially-undue interference.
The ANC has neither confirmed nor denied that its national working committee is probing the allegations, but The Citizen reports that it is aware of the situation.
Meanwhile, ATM spokesperson Mandisa Mashiya has denied any relationship with the secretary-general:
“Listen, we have definite knowledge that Ace never funded ATM and he was never involved in the formation of the party and that is the only truth that we have got."
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