- Ace Magashule has stood his ground when it comes to defending former president Jacob Zuma
- The ANC secretary-general insists comrades are within their rights to openly express their support for their former leader
- Magashule stated that he blamed money for the division taking place within the party
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Speaking the ANC members in the Western Cape over the weekend, secretary-general Ace Magashule has defended his enduring support for former president Jacob Zuma.
Magashule is adamant that party members are well within their rights to openly support Msholozi:
“Even the national executive committee after Nasrec took a decision that Zuma must be supported. The national working committee two weeks ago reiterated its position that comrade Zuma must be supported."
IOL reports Magashule took a swipe at supporters who had gathered under the banner of Radical Economic Transformation, insisted that the groups couldn't claim Zuma for their own:
“RET is the policy of the ANC and we are all RET."
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Briefly.co.za reported that ANC veteran Carl Niehaus had gathered the group together, most recently to welcome the former president home.
Zuma had been in Cuba receiving medical treatment for a mystery illness and Niehaus had sought to ensure Mzansi gave the embattled politician a warm reception.
This comes as Zuma faces the prospect of arrest after a past court appearance saw a warrant issued against him for failing to adequately prove he was ill.
Magashule also touched on the ANC's new membership system which will be rolled out on a national level.
Magashule says the new system will empower branches after years of 'doing wrong things':
“Because we have been doing wrong things for many years, we seized the power and took the power of a branch, which is the basic unit in terms of the constitution. We now want to restore that power back to the branch. The branch is not a branch executive committee. The branch is those who are card-carrying members of the ANC."
As for the factionalism lurking behind the scenes within the ruling party, Magashule blamed money for the division:
“Money has made us to be divided, comrades, nothing else. Money, resources and power and we were warned by Mandela that money and power corrupts."
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