- Ace Magashule has received a letter instructing him to appear before the ANC's integrity commission next week
- This is after the ruling party's secretary-general allegedly said that no-one should be expected to step down on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations
- A highly placed ANC member has expressed that there's "a clear orchestrated agenda" to target Magashule
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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been summoned to appear before the party's integrity commission after he allegedly said that no-one should be expected to step down on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.
According to a leaked letter addressed to Magashule, he has been ordered to make sure he is available next week. The commission had initially hoped to meet with Magashule on Saturday, 29 August but had to postpone the meeting because of a Special NEC meeting scheduled for 28 to 30 August.
An NEC member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed that there is "a clear orchestrated agenda" to gun for Magashule.
"It is extraordinary that the SG should be called to appear before the IC, while there are many other ANC members with serious allegations such as Thabang Makwetla, Thandi Modise, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni and Derek Hanekom who have not been asked to appear before the Integrity Commission at all," said the NEC member to Independent Media.
The highly placed NEC member added that this has created the impression the Commission picked and chose who to call, and was embroiled in the factional infighting of the ANC and NEC.
The publication reports that Magashule would not be drawn to comment on the leaked letter. Mzansi has reacted to the news report. Below are some of the comments from social media users:
"The fight is on. Can the corrupt RET successfully discredit @CyrilRamaphosa through allegations of wrongdoing in his 2017 campaign, or can integrity prevail? My guess: @MYANC corrupt politicians have herd immunity and @Magashule_Ace is a Capone-like opposition. Good luck Cyril!"
"Lol the factional integrity committee, glad DD (David Mabuza) told them where to get off. Bloody old people used by WMC (White Monopoly Capital)
"Ooooohhhhh! He must be shaking in his boots. Can the @MYANC be any more pathetic? We are not going to buy this whitewash crap. Your organization is corrupt. You CANNOT fix yourself. Stop trying to bullsh*t us."
"All the more reasons to believe there are definitely askaries within the organization orchestrating the destruction of the ANC."
"Here comes a party split. Best thing that can come out of this."
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that controversial ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa wants the party President Cyril Ramaphosa to face ANC integrity commission over financial donations he received from various donors during his leadership campaign for the ANC 2017 conference in Nasrec.
Although Lungisa wrote a letter for the ANC top six leadership, he made scathing attacks on Ramaphosa and questioned his legitimacy as a true-leader of the party due to what he termed as usage of money to buy ANC delegates on who to vote for during the Nasrec Conference.
"In political terms delegates were bought in that Nasrec Conference. This has never happened in the history of the ANC of having bourgeoisie raising money for individuals to contest positions in the movement," said Lungisa in the letter.
He criticises Ramaphosa for allowing individuals to set up bank accounts for the CR17 election campaign and said the act is foreign from the ANC culture.
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