ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has been in the spotlight, portrayed as President Cyril Ramaphosa's nay-sayer and greatest obstacle in the governing party. In a recent interview, Magashule opened up about what it's like to be a gear in the machine that rules over South Africa.
Ace Magashule has been lauded as one of President Cyril Ramaphosa's biggest hurdles, arguably the face of in-fighting in the ANC.
In a recent interview with News24, the Secretary-General commented on the controversy surrounding the appointment of questionable characters to preside over parliamentary committees.
Briefly.co.za reported that the appointment of politicians like Supra Mahumapelo and Bongani Bongo had riled citizens, who felt that it went against the image of renewal the ANC was attempting to portray.
Magashule commented that the criticism of the appointment of 'Zuma ministers' was not something he was losing sleep over:
"I am not worried about being criticised. If they do and they are correct and they are genuine, I am sure we will fix it but if people think they can criticise and attack, I understand in politics that something should happen."
As for his relationship with Ramaphosa, Magashule claims that the media is attempting to put pressure on their relationship:
"We say: 'Why do we differ?' And then realise in most instances we are not differing, it's the media trying to put in a wedge. We are more convinced the media is trying to put a wedge between me and the president and they are not going to succeed."
Commenting on factionalism within the ruling party, Magashule says that he cannot simply tell those who are still 'very deeply rooted in their factional behaviour what to do'. The secretary-general added that he needs to earn their respect as a leader of the party.
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