ANC RET faction loses first parliamentary showdown after Mkhwebane impeachment vote

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The ANC's so-called Radical Economic Transformation (RET) grouping lost its first showdown with the rest of the party in Parliament on Tuesday when 168 ANC MPs out of the 230 seats the ANC holds in the National Assembly voted in favour of impeaching Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

After a report by an independent panel recommended that the National Assembly continues with an inquiry into Mkhwebane's fitness for office as there is sufficient prima facie evidence of incompetence and misconduct on her part, several prominent members of this grouping made it known that they would not support the establishment of the inquiry.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, around whom this grouping coalesces, told the Sunday Times "there is no way the ANC can support the enemy of the revolution" – the DA – who brought the motion to institute removal proceedings against Mkhwebane in February 2020.

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