Fact Check: No, Mbeki hasn't snubbed ANC NEC for over a decade

Fact Check: No, Mbeki hasn't snubbed ANC NEC for over a decade

- The African National Congress' National Executive Committee meeting has kicked off

- Numerous reports have claimed that this was the first NEC meeting attended by former president Thabo Mbeki since he was dethroned

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this claim to determine if they are the truth or not

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Numerous reports surfaced over the weekend with the start of the ANC's National Executive Committee meeting.

These reports claimed that this as the first time in over a decade that former president Thabo Mbeki had attended the meeting.

Mbeki had been defeated by Jacob Zuma at the ANC's 52nd conference back in 2007 for the top spot in the ruling party.

The ANC slammed reports that this was the first NEC attended by Mbeki since 2007. Image: Shaun Botterill
Source: Getty Images

However, the ANC has since moved to clarify that these reports simply weren't true in a comment posted on social media:

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“All former presidents of the ANC attend NEC meetings in an ex-officio capacity. It’s inaccurate to suggest that president Mbeki is attending the NEC for the first time. President Mbeki attended previous NEC Lekgotla. We thank him for always honouring NEC engagements when available."

The reports had claimed that Mbeki had joined President Cyril Ramaphosa's faction in a bid to support his side during problematic party resolutions.

One of these problems was the continued service of party secretary-general Ace Magashule.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Magashule, formerly the Premier of the Free State is currently facing a corruption scandal.

The top ANC official is currently facing 21 charges including fraud, corruption and money-laundering.

These charges are linked to a R255 million asbestos project in the Free State and had seen an arrest warrant issued against Magashule.

The warrant of arrest had prompted many to wonder if Magashule would step aside in line with the ANC's vow of clamping down on corrupt officials.

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Magashule had handed himself over to the Hawks in November in response to the warrant of arrest.

The secretary-general had been released on bail, set at R200 000, after a whirlwind appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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