Magashule to face ANC Integrity Committee probe: Ramaphosa on NEC

Magashule to face ANC Integrity Committee probe: Ramaphosa on NEC

- Embattled ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule will be appearing before the ruling party's integrity committee

- President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement during the closing address of the party's national executive committee meeting

- The NEC gathering, according to Ramaphosa, had been frank and direct

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Ace Magashule is set to answer to the African National Congress' integrity commission next week according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa confirmed that the party's secretary-general will be appearing before the committee this weekend following which the ANC's top officials will process the outcomes of the hearing.

The results of these deliberations would then be reported to the National Working Committee in addition to the NEC.

Magashule will now need to answer to the ANC's Integrity Committee. Image: Fani Mahuntsi/Gallo Images
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The NEC has concluded its most recent gathering during which Magashule's arrest had been a hot topic on the agenda.

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The President dubbed the meeting as both frank and direct with participants attempting to persuade through the strength of their respective arguments.

Speaking during a closing address of the NEC meeting Ramaphosa had commented on what was surely a heated gathering:

"The discussions have been underpinned by the desire to find a solution to the challenges that face us. Once again, we have proven many commentators and other public voices wrong. We have not sharpened divisions, in fact, through our discussions we have narrowed the differences that exist."

The resolutions agreed upon at earlier gatherings, according to Ramaphosa, have been reaffirmed by the most recent one:

"We have reaffirmed several important principles. We confirm the firm stance we have taken on corruption and wrongdoing within our ranks and within society."

Ramaphosa also confirmed that officials will be finalising the guidelines that will be applied when members are formally charged with, of convicted of, corruption and other serious crimes.

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Earlier, reported that Ace Magashule was released on R200 000 bail after he appeared in court on Friday. He remains in his position within the ANC as secretary-general.

This is in stark contrast to the ANC's new anti-corruption policy which states that party leaders facing serious charges should step aside from their state and party positions.

The resolution was adopted by the party in December 2017 but appears to be taking a flexible approach to the policy. The NEC adopted the resolution in July this year.

The "stand aside" rule was placed under legal scrutiny and was meant to have been examined by the party’s national working committee but will instead be sent back to the NEC until further action is taken.

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