ANC suspends secretary-general Ace Magashule

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  • Ace Magashule is suspended from his position until the final outcome of his criminal case.
  • ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte informed Magashule of his suspension. 
  • As part of the suspension, Magashule will not be allowed to represent the ANC. 

Embattled ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been suspended by the party.

In a letter, drafted 3 May, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte informed Magashule that he was temporarily suspended.

READ THE FULL LETTER OF SUSPENSION HERE

"Accordingly, on the authority of the NWC, you are hereby temporarily suspended, with effect from 3 May 2021, until the final outcome of your court proceedings," she wrote. 

Magashule is out on R200 000 bail and charged with corruption, fraud and money laundering related to a Free State asbestos tender. 

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Duarte told Magashule that, as part of his suspension, he may not carry out his duties and responsibilities as secretary-general; he may not represent the organisation publicly; and he cannot make public pronouncements nor can he mobilise ANC structures. 

"You may not engage in the mobilisation of ANC structures, any other organisations or individuals, including on your stepping aside and matters related thereto." 

The ANC's national working committee (NWC) on Monday gave the green light to suspend all party leaders criminally charged, who did not step aside within the 30-day deadline, which expired last week.

Magashule rejected a push that he step aside, insisting that he could only be removed by a conference of the ANC. 

"You are required to update the Office of the Secretary-General on a monthly basis, regarding the progress with your case. The decision to temporarily suspend you will be reviewed by the NEC every six months, or from time to time at your request," Duarte said. 

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