Mpumelelo Mkhabela | ANC step-aside resolution: The NPA could land up being a political pawn

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ANC secretary general Ace Magashule was given a suspension letter on Wednesday.
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule was given a suspension letter on Wednesday.
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The ANC's step-aside process holds severe risks to South Africa's constitutional democracy because it kicks in only after a member has been charged by the National Prosecuting Authority and is scheduled for a trial, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The forced "step-aside" of ANC members and leaders facing criminal charges could easily be described as a watershed moment in the governing party's supposed fight against wrongdoing.  

ANC fundamentalists – those to whom the party is always correct, regardless of whatever evidence – will be encouraged to believe that the governing party is capable of self-renewal. 

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