- The ANC's Integrity Commission has recommended that Ace Magashule should step aside in the face of his corruption charges
- This comes after the secretary-general presented himself to the committee over the weekend to discuss the situation
- The committee says that the ruling party's decisions should be applied without 'fear or favour' ANC secretary-general
Ace Magashule has to step aside according to the ruling party's Integrity Commission's recommendation.
The committee's recommendation called for Magashule to step aside pending the outcome of his fraud and corruption case, with suspension mentioned should he fail to willingly comply.
A three-page report to the party's national executive committee insisted that party resolutions should be applied without fear or favour.
The resolution states that members who are facing formal charges should step aside pending the finalisation of the respective cases.
The report indicates that Magashule would abide by the decisions of the NEC but failing this, the committee recommended suspension.
The outcome of this hearing will now be put to the NEC, which will then decide the embattled secretary-general's fate.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that commenting on the situation, Magashule said that he believes he was making the right call by meeting the committee.
Nevertheless, the secretary-general is sticking to his belief that stepping aside is not an option.
The politician is facing 21 charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering relating to his time as Free State Premier.
The Integrity Commission has limited powers and will only be able to make recommendations to the National Executive Committee.
The SABC spoke to political analyst Mcebisi Ndletyana who doesn't believe anything tangible is set to come of the move:
“Corruption in the ANC has been institutionalised and a lot of people are implicated. It has been going on for a while. So, even though they might talk of corruption, people are reluctant to act against it because if they do, they’ll also be punished. That’s what you have. Corruption is pretty much paralysing the organisation. I don’t know what the Commission will come up with and in fact, the NEC might not act.”
Earlier this past week, Magashule had commented that the NEC had resolved to give national leaders until early next year to finalise the guidelines for members facing corruption charges to step aside.
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