Ace Magashule tells ANC members to respect the Public Protector

Ace Magashule tells ANC members to respect the Public Protector

- Ace Magashule has told ANC members to respect the Public Protector, even if they disagreed with her

- He says the party needs to show deference toward Chapter 9 institutions

- This comes after Gwede Mantashe said Mkhwebane's investigation concerning Ramaphosa was too politicised

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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has slammed some members of his party for criticising Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

This comes after Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, told the media that Mkhwebane's investigation regarding Ramaphosa had become too politicised.

The SACP, a key ANC alliance partner, has also been critical of Mkhwebane, even calling for an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

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Mantashe had complained about Mkhwebane's investigation into the R500 000 payment allegedly made by former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson to Ramaphosa's campaign for the ANC leadership position. 

According to News24, Magashule said that ANC members should respect the Public Protector's office, regardless of whether they agreed with her or not. 

The secretary-general urged the party to show respect for Chapter 9 institutions.

"We must respect that office, even if we have our own views, because tomorrow, when something happens, we shall have taught South Africa not to respect these institutions," Magashule said.

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Likewise, Magashule said that party members should refrain from critiquing ANC leaders on social media. He said this with reference to Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile, who said on Twitter that he was unhappy with Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to keep Pravin Gordhan in his Cabinet.

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