The ANC is unlikely to act differently when it comes to Ace Magashule despite what the party's president said previously. As we've already seen, a precedent was set up a long time ago, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.
Ever since the release of a Public Protector report on the awarding of a R255 million asbestos contract during Ace Magashule's tenure as the Free State premier, and evidence given at the state capture commission, there have been calls for the secretary-general of the ANC to be arrested for his alleged role.
Following rumours of his arrest by the Hawks, a group of ANC members from the Free State staged a protest outside Luthuli House to show him their support. Brandishing banners that read: "Hands off Ace Magashule," they presented a memorandum of concerns about how his matter was being handled. They contended that the looming arrest was part of the (mis)use of state agencies by enemy forces inside the ANC to silence the "radical economic transformation (RET) voices".