ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has officially been suspended from his position, as per the letter dated May 3 2021, signed by party deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.
“On May 3 2021 the NWC [national working committee], acting according to rule 25.70 read with rule 13.8, instructed that letters be written to all affected members, including yourself, to inform them that their temporary suspension would be in the best interest of the organisation.
“Accordingly, on the authority of the NWC, you are hereby temporarily suspended with effect from May 2 2021 until the final outcome of your court proceedings,” the letter reads.
Magashule is among officials who were given 30 days to step aside or face suspension. He had made it clear that he was not prepared to step aside.
The suspension is in line with ANC guidelines that state that members who have been criminally charged should step aside from their positions or else be relieved of their official duties. Magashule is currently facing charges of corruption and fraud linked to his tenure as Free State premier.
The ANC secretary-general used that period to consult with previous leaders, including Mathews Phosa, Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, but would still not step aside.
During his suspension, he will not be allowed to carry out his duties or represent the organisation on any platform. He will also be barred from mobilising structures or making pronouncements on behalf of the ANC. He will, however, receive his full salary with benefits.
Magashule will be expected to update the secretary-general’s office about the developments of his corruption case every month. His suspension is a culmination of months of the fight between his supporters in the national executive committee (NEC) who rejected calls for him to step down and the group led by President Cyril Ramaphosa that pushed for him to go.
His NEC supporters had hoped that they could use the NEC meeting this weekend to put up further resistance.
The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) task team in the Free State earlier urged the national executive committee (NEC) to suspend party secretary-general Ace Magashule and his “factional cohort” with immediate effect.
“Suspend Magashule, do not negotiate. We have a national democratic revolution to lead,” the league said.
The statement released by the league’s Lonwabo Dyi on Tuesday expressed the organisation’s full support for the step-aside resolution, saying that it was “among many of the accurate and scientific, logical yardsticks to measure organisational renewal of the ANC”.
“Without doubting the NEC’s capacity to take decisions, the ANCYL Free State task team does not hesitate or doubt that it is time to suspend delinquents who are ably led by Sekgobela Magashule. We recognise and re-emphasise powers vested in the NEC to guard, defend and take us into confidence on implementing the resolutions of the party.”
“Let all crooks and questionable characters be suspended from the organisation with immediate effect. At least Ace [has an advantage] in terms of his proximity to Supra [Mahumapelo, former Worth West premier], who can give him hymns and prayers to dilute self-adulation and powermongering, and wants to be cheered. Parasitic syndicates driven by mafia ideas shall not be superior to the ANC’s position and decisions,” the statement read.