- Pravin Gordhan has joined the chorus of people calling for Ace Magashule to step aside
- Magashule is facing numerous allegations and was recently granted bail in a R255 million case
- Magashule may not have a choice in the future as the NEC might decide that he must step aside according to new guidelines
Pravin Gordhan has said that Ace Magashule should do the right thing and step aside in the face of several legal allegations.
Gordhan is a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) and is not the first NEC member to suggest that Ace step aside.
Gordhan said that Magashule must do the right thing and appeal to his conscience, he also added that the ANC has adopted resolutions that need to be implemented.
Gordhan's suggestion comes at a delicate time for Magashule who appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court where he is facing allegations relating to a R255 million contract.
However, Magashule may be pushed before he can jump as the NEC had adopted new guidelines which state that ANC members and leaders facing criminal charges must step aside according to The South African.
Magashule had been the topic of discussion at the NEC meeting over the weekend. The situation revolving around Magashule has resulted in claims of infighting within the ruling party.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that recent reports reveal that ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and 15 of his co-accused were granted bail on Friday morning this week. Their case has also been postponed to 11 August this year in the Free State High Court.
Magashule and 15 co-accused have been accused of 21 cases of fraud, corruption and money laundering which all stem from an R255 million housing project in the Free State during which he had allegedly built using harmful asbestos in the roofing.
In other news, one of Ace Magashule's many supporters as were parked outside court today as they waited to hear the outcome of the ongoing court proceedings was caught on camera grabbing a mask off of another supporter's face.
In a clip that was shared online, a news reporter can be heard telling the woman that she can't be interviewed because she was maskless. Obviously desperate to appear on TV, the woman then grabbed an unsuspecting person's mask who was standing nearby.
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