Free State ANC rallies behind Ace Magashule as ATM probe is launched

Free State ANC rallies behind Ace Magashule as ATM probe is launched

- Free State members of the ANC have rallied behind Secretary-General Ace Magashule as he gets probed for his alleged involvement in the formation of the ATM party

- Magashule's allies in the province have called on fellow members to take a stand against the 'perpetual attacks' on the secretary-general's stature

- The ANC Women's League has also come to his defence, saying that processes must be followed, asking the nation to not assume Magashule is guilty

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Free State members of the ruling party have rallied behind Ace Magashule as a task team is launching a probe into his reported involvement in forming rival political party, ATM.

Provincial Secretary-General Paseka Nompondo said during a media briefing yesterday that it had become transparent that theirs was a movement against the politician, propagated by individuals with ulterior motives.

This comes as ex-president Kgalema Motlanthe has been earmarked to lead the investigation against Magashule, Jacob Zuma and others whose indemnities remain unknown, for their alleged involvement in forming the African Transformation Movement.

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Nompondo called for caution in the situation, commenting that Magashule should have the chance to explain himself before aspersions are cast:

“Let’s investigate, let us not rely on allegations and let comrades have an opportunity to clear their names."

The Free State secretary-general vouched for Magashule's integrity, adamant that the man was not a traitor, reports The Citizen.

Nompondo claimed that Magashule's rivals were out to politically assassinate his character, undermining his office in the process. Adamant that Magashule was loyal to the ANC, Nompondo blasted claims that he had been involved in the formation of another party.

The ANC Women's League has also come to Magashule's defense, with Secretary-General Meokgo Matuba asking for processes to take their course and pleading for people to not assume Magashule is guilty.

The task team is expected to submit their findings within the next 60 day, unless an extension is granted.

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