- The governing party has defended its decision to reinstate corruption-accused Limpopo officials
- ANC secretary general Ace Magashule defended the reinstatement of Danny Msiza and Florence Radzilani
- The duo were suspended in 2018 after being implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank looting
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ANC secretary general Ace Magashule confirmed that two ANC Limpopo leaders implicated in alleged corruption at VBS Mutual Bank have been reinstated in their positions.
In a post following a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting media briefing on Wednesday, Magashule confirmed that ANC Limpopo provincial treasurer Danny Msiza and former Vhembe mayor Florence Radzilani would be reinstated to their respective positions after an almost two-year suspension.
Msiza and Radzilani had to step own from their positions in 2018 after being implicated in Advocate Terry Motau's report which shed light on the collapse of the now-defunct bank.
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Magashule said 'the party cannot suspend people forever'. He said:
"These comrades have not been charged with anything. These comrades have been mentioned in reports like many comrades mentioned in many reports. You can't charge people because of allegations. That's why we said - after almost two years these comrades must come back."
Briefly.co.za reported that several ANC officials, including Limpopo Provincial Secretary Soviet Lekganyane, Aaron Motsoaledi, Joel Netshitenzhe, Pinky Kekana and Dikeledi Magadzi, opposed the reinstatement of the duo.
Magashule said they are going to engage all ANC structures and engage society. He added they are going to explain the rationale behind the decision by the NEC, said TimesLIVE.
News24 reported that it was argued that the pair do not face any criminal charges and should be allowed to resume their positions in the party.
Magashule insisted that the ANC must never move away from the universal principle of innocent until proven otherwise.
The NEC sat for two days over the past weekend and also discussed matters related to Covid-19 challenges, the economy, international solidarity and the upcoming local government elections.
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