Ace Magashule Supporters Object to SG Stepping Aside, Battle Ensues

Ace Magashule Supporters Object to SG Stepping Aside, Battle Ensues

- ANC NEC members held a meeting over the weekend where chaos arose and disrupted it

- ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule was asked to step aside within seven days and his supporters objected to the motion

- Magashule was asked to step aside or face suspension due to the 74 counts of fraud and corruption charges laid against him

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African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule's supporters disrupted a National Executive Committee meeting about the controversial SG. Magashule's supporters objected to him being forced to step down within seven days.

This is in connection to a R233 million roof audit in the Free State which Magashule is accused of both fraud and corruption. Reports say that Magashule was charged with 74 counts of fraud and corruption.

The ANC constitution deemed that Magashule committed an act of misconduct leading to the motion of the SG being asked to step down within seven days or face suspension and a disciplinary inquiry.

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Ace Magashule supporters disrupt ANC NEC meeting over weekend
Ace Magashule's supporters have objected to a motion to have the ANC SG step down from his position within 7 days. Image: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP and Leon Sadiki / City Press / Gallo Images
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According to EWN, the NEC meeting was disrupted over the weekend and forced to pause as Magashule supporters did not agree with the motion to the seven-day deadline for him to step down.

A report by Daily Maverick stated that Magashule's 'militia' marched in camouflage outside Luthuli House in protest of any action that could've been taken against the controversial SG. The report went on to say that the ANC can get a disciplinary committee together to draw a charge sheet up.

The charge sheet will be against the ANC SG and could include misconduct that relates to criminal charges while also bringing charges of insubordination against Magashule if he refuses to step down in the seven-day period.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ace Magashule is getting a lot of hate online from social media users as #RemoveAceMagashule trends on Twitter.

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Tweeps took the opportunity to share their opinions on Ace and what they think his fate should be using the hashtag.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule are reported to be at odds with each other over the recent vote by the ANC's recent vote to launch an inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwebane's fitness to hold office.

In other news, Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesman Carl Niehaus shared a video on Twitter of himself speaking about the African National Congress MPs who did not vote in the matter with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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