- The ANC NEC meeting touched on various topics, one of which was the ANC members facing charges of corruption
- President Cyril Ramaphosa said that members will be given 30 days to step aside or they will face suspension
- Ramaphosa's announcement follows the issues that have been surrounding ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule
During the National Executive Committee meeting on the evening of Monday, 29 March, the ANC NEC, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, gave members who are facing criminal charges, including Ace Magashule, 30 days to resign or face suspension.
President Ramaphosa stated at the NEC meeting that all members who have been charged with corruption must step aside under rule 25.70 of the ANC Constitution.
This includes Magashule, who is defending himself against charges of corruption in relation to the infamous R255 million asbestos roofing audit. Magashule has loudly and continuously denied the corruption charges made against him.
Members of the NEC have told Sunday Times that they will need to suspend Magashule as he will not resign willingly. Magashule has disagreed with Ramaphosa in the past since replacing former president Jacob Zuma as head of state in February 2018.
The report continued by saying that Magashule wishes to consult past leaders of the ruling party.
Magashule stated in November that he would only step aside if he were asked by the branches who voted him in to do so. SABC News wrote that the matter could have significant political ramifications.
In other news about Magashule and the ANC, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) held a four-day meeting where President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the closing address on the evening of Monday, 29 March.
During the meeting, Ramaphosa stated that ANC members should no longer be associated with the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) forces movement. The movement is currently being run by ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule staffer Carl Niehaus.
Magashule's supporters objected to him stepping aside. His 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.
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