ANC's step-aside rule back in spotlight as it fails to act against accused in Hillary Gardee murder

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The accused in the Hillary Gardee case are Sipho Mkhatshwa, Philemon Lukhele and Mduduzi Nkala. They have been charged with conspiracy for murder, kidnapping, rape, murder, possession of firearm and defeating the ends of justice. Photo: Bulelwa Ginindza.
The accused in the Hillary Gardee case are Sipho Mkhatshwa, Philemon Lukhele and Mduduzi Nkala. They have been charged with conspiracy for murder, kidnapping, rape, murder, possession of firearm and defeating the ends of justice. Photo: Bulelwa Ginindza.

The ANC in Mpumalanga's failure to take action against one of the men accused in the Hillary Gardee case has called into question whether more amendments still needed to be made to the step-aside resolution.

It came less than a month after the ANC announced it had "strengthened" the rule and fortified itself against public criticism. 

Philemon Lukhele, who is employed in the office of the chief whip, was arrested almost a week ago on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder.

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