ANALYSIS | How the ANC NEC can force Magashule out... and why they can't

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Ace Magashule appears at the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court. (Frikkie Kapp, Gallo Images)
Ace Magashule appears at the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court. (Frikkie Kapp, Gallo Images)

It wasn’t really necessary to ask corruption-accused ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule if he would step down as a report by the party’s integrity commission said he should. His actions spelt defiance, and he could put up the kind of fight the ANC can ill afford in an election year.

On Wednesday, a day after the commission’s damning three-page report was leaked to the media, Magashule retreated to his home town, Tumahole (Parys), in the Free State, to address a men’s dialogue organised by a foundation. At this non-ANC meeting, the topics were drug abuse and gender-based violence.

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