'NEC caused this step-aside confusion' - ANC in Mpumalanga on why it reinstated rape accused leader

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The confusion among the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) over its step-aside policy is what opened the door for a rape-charged ANC provincial executive committee member in Mpumalanga to be reinstated.

ANC acting provincial chairperson Mandla Ndlovu said since the NEC backtracked on its decision that those charged with criminal cases should step aside, it was "forced" to allow the 48-year-old man back into the party's top provincial structure.

On Monday, the PEC in Mpumalanga reinstated the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the two alleged minor victims.

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