- Cyril Ramaphosa has the support from the ANC Top 6 for Secretary-General Ace Magashule to step down
- Magashule is facing criminal charges in connection with alleged corruption in an asbestos project in the Free State
- The ANC is working tirelessly to clean up its image from corruption and it starts with Magashule leaving, apparently
President Cyril Ramaphosa has received backing from the ANC Top 6 for Secretary-General Ace Magashule to step aside from his position immediately. The political party is currently waiting to hear the outcome regarding Magashule's cases of fraud and corruption.
According to a report by BusinessLIVE, Magashule said that he would not voluntarily leave his position with the ANC. This was despite the ruling that those who are facing criminal charges in the party should face suspension or leave their posts.
The ANC wants to work tirelessly to clean up their image from corruption and by asking Magashule to step aside, this is one of their solutions to keep it together, according to EWN.
"For the first time, the ANC is about to fire its own secretary-general. That has never happened in history," says political sciences Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana.
Removing Magashule from his position will aid the ANC by showing that the political party is committed to fighting against corruption, even within the political party.
Magashule is dealing with criminal charges for supposed contribution in fraud and corruption in connection with a R255 million asbestos project in the Free State, where he was allegedly in charge.
Magashule denies the charges and says that he was not involved. The secretary-general has been with the ANC for many years and it may well be coming to an end soon.
Briefly News previously reported that the ANC is on the fence over the step-aside rule as the 30-day deadline ends. 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 would 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.
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