Ace Magashule could face more charges for 'unbecoming' behaviour

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  • Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could face charges related to utterances at former president Jacob Zuma's court case. 
  • The ANC's national working committee tasked the party's national disciplinary committee to look into this matter.
  • The party "condemned" Magashule's utterances, together with those of Tony Yengeni and Carl Niehaus.

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could be hauled before the ANC's disciplinary committee for his "unbecoming, divisive and defiant" behaviour around former president Jacob Zuma's court appearance last week. 

In a statement, the ANC condemned the behaviour of Magashule, together with national executive committee member Tony Yengeni and Carl Niehaus, a staffer in Magashule's office and Umkhonto weSize Military Veterans spokesperson. 

READ | ‘No one will ban me in the ANC,’ says Magashule

According to the statement, the party's national working committee (NWC), which met on Monday, instructed the "national presenter" - Uriel Mara - to look into "these breaches of discipline and to investigate charges" in line with the ANC's constitution and code of conduct.

Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, who is acting as the party's secretary-general, said it was unfortunate the names had been published in the statement. 

She added the "national presenter" was charged to "investigate charges against any person who is identified as having any misdemeanour". 

READ | Magashule asks court to reverse ANC suspension - and suspend Ramaphosa instead

Should there be any charges with relation to the ANC's Rule 25, then the chief presenter drafts charges against the people involved. 

He did not have to make any presentations to the national executive committee or NWC, Duarte said.

The person who was charged then has two weeks to state their side of the case as well as mitigating circumstances on why they should not be charged. 

"Only then can the committee sit," Duarte said. 

Witnesses

The person who is charged can get someone to speak on their behalf, and they can also call witnesses.

Hearings were "very fair", Duarte said, and they were held in camera.

Following the hearing, the national disciplinary committee compiles a report of proceedings. 

Outside the court, Magashule said "no one will ban me in the ANC" and also promised to bus in supporters for Zuma's next appearance on Wednesday.

He has since changed his mind about this.

READ MORE | Magashule calls off plan to 'bring the whole Free State' to support Zuma

Duarte said the ANC had met its deadline on Tuesday to file its responding affidavits to Magashule's court case against the party to set aside his temporary suspension in terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC's constitution. 

According to the statement, the NWC appointed an "integrity appeals committee", to be chaired by Vusi Khanyile. Other members of the committee are Mavivi Manzini, Josiah Jele, Dipuo Peters, and Johnny de Lange.

This committee has been set up to hear appeals against rulings by the party's integrity commission. 
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