Tinyiko Maluleke | ANC's step-aside resolution: Sabotage or turbocharge?

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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule addresses the media on the outcomes of a national working committee meeting at Luthuli House on 26 February 2019. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Alaister Russell)
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule addresses the media on the outcomes of a national working committee meeting at Luthuli House on 26 February 2019. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Alaister Russell)

Tinyiko Maluleke writes that the implementation of the step-aside resolution nearly three and a half years after being taken at the 2017 ANC conference, is an indication of how much contestation there has been around it.

The ANC NEC meeting of 26 to 28 March 2021, that resolved that those facing serious criminal charges should step aside within 30 days or face suspension, was one of the most difficult in recent times.

A few days later, when asked whether the step-aside resolution – which will affect no less that 40 ANC leaders, including Jacob Zuma and Ace Magashule – would not further divide an already divided ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa responded by saying the project of unity in the ANC was "being turbocharged to another higher level" through this resolution. But as the saying goes, one man's "turbocharge" is another man's "sabotage".

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