- Ace Magashule seems to be safe for now as the ANC's 30-day deadline for criminally charged members to step aside expires
- The ANC appears to unsure as to what to do with the step-aside resolution appearing to be a failure
- It appears that the ANC is offering Magashule a lifeline after he held meetings with Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe
The 30-day deadline is over for those ANC members who are facing criminal charges to step aside and the ANC is facing a watershed moment.
A number of ANC members are subject to this policy including Secretary-General Ace Magashule.
According to eNCA, the National Executive Committee (NEC) has said that those who do not comply will be suspended from the party.
The ANC has said that no one will have to step aside yet which could have serious consequences for the party.
IOL reported that the step-aide resolution appears to have failed to launch after the 30-day deadline expired.
News24 reported that Magashule has held meetings with Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe and it appears that the ANC is offering Magashule a reprieve. Jeff Radebe and Lindiwe Sisulu said that the issue would be discussed at the next NEC meeting.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that North West province African National Congress leader Supra Mahumpelo has been handed a lifeline by Secretary-General Ace Magashule.
In a letter addressed to the party’s influential leader in the Bokone Bophirima province, Magashule suggests that Mahumapelo’s membership remains intact.
This comes after the former North West premier was suspended for five years by the ruling party, but it seems he still has a future as Magashule’s letter suggests.
According to the TimesLive, Magashule has penned a letter to Mahumapelo telling him that his membership remains “intact” by virtue of him appealing his five-year suspension.
It is also reported that the former Free State premier has indicated that Ace’s membership has stayed as he wrote in a communique dated April 29, 2021. Magashule wrote to the duo:
“In your letter, you have formally lodged your appeal against decision in terms of rule 25.36 of the constitution. Your appeal has been referred to the NDCA (national disciplinary committee of appeals). Your membership of the ANC remains intact.”
In other news, the former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has been suspended from the ruling party for five years following the decision of the provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) of the ANC.
Mahumapelo was suspended along with Bitsa Lekonpane, the acting provincial ANC Women's League secretary in the North West.
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