- Ace Magashule is taking a stand and threatens to bring South Afirca to a halt in the face of his impending suspension
- Ace and former president Jacob Zuma's supporters are allegedly planning on a 'national shutdown'
- According to reports, Magashule and members of the RET faction are planning on disrupting businesses in major cities and occupying commuter routes
Ace Magashule has launched his first salvo in his bid to cling to power after the ANC's NEC gave him and others accused of corruption 30 days to step aside.
According to News24 Ace along with former president Jacob Zuma's supporters are planning on launching a 'national shutdown' by taking to the streets of several major cities and disrupting business and occupying commuter routes.
Zuma's RET faction members are rallying in support of Magashule, a staunch Zuma supporter, and are getting ready to fight for the ANC Secretary-General's political life.
According to City Press Ace is claiming that the impending suspension is a political smear campaign orchestrated by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
With 2021's local and municipal elections on the horizon and there are rumours that Ramaphosa might call for a general election in 2023 once he has consolidated his power with the ANC.
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.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has warned against the African National Congress National Executive Committee's decision to have all members charged with corruption step aside or face suspension.
Malema believes that a move such as this would collapse the ruling party instead of strengthening it. Referring to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Malema stated that he is 'badly advised' adding that he thinks the ANC has no idea what Ace Magashule's Secretary-General position includes.
The Red Berets head stated that the decision was an overall horrible one to take although it does help the EFF.
In other news, the 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.
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