- Ace Magashule has not confirmed if he would abide by the NEC's ruling that he and other's accused of corruption must step aside within 30 days
- He has reaffirmed his loyalty to the ANC and said that his blood is "green and gold"
- The ANC Secretary-General said that he would die in the ANC and would not form another political party
Embattled ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has not confirmed whether he would step down after the 30-day deadline dictated by the National Executive Committee.
However, he did confirm that he is a proud member of the ANC and that his blood is green and gold in reference to the colours of the ruling party.
According to City Press Ace said that he would not take the battle for his position in the ANC to courts as it is a political matter and must be dealt with as such.
He spoke in Soweto where he was planting trees and told people there that he would live and die in the ANC according to the Daily Sun.
“I will live and die in the ANC. I have been in the struggle and did not join it yesterday. I have remained a loyal member of the ANC,” he said.
“I have served the ANC with dignity, respect and discipline. My blood will remain green and gold. I will die in the ANC."
He also said that he would remain loyal to the party and would not form a new political party.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Secretary-General Ace Magashule who is currently among those in the ANC who have been charged with corruption and are now being pushed to resign or face suspension was in Soweto to plant 100 trees.
Magashule spoke to members of the community as well as journalists on the scene on Wednesday, 31 March, regarding the prompting for him to step down by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The controversial SG went on to say that he was not going anywhere and would begin consulting the former leaders of the ANC starting with former ANC Treasurer-General Matthews Phosa.
According to a report by EWN, Magashule told journalists not to worry and to "leave ANC matters to the ANC". Magashule reiterated that he was not stressed and referred to himself in the third person, adding that he is still the ANC's secretary-general.
In other news, 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.
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