On thin Ace: Ramaphosa blinks ahead of step-down showdown with Magashule

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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule with President Cyril Ramaphosa at Parliament in Cape Town.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule with President Cyril Ramaphosa at Parliament in Cape Town.
PHOTO: Adrian de Kock

In an expected showdown ahead of the national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend between President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, odds are restacked in favour of the latter as party members claimed the president has already lost the first round. 

Party leaders said Ramaphosa had been caught on the back foot as legal advice the party sought on the matter of party leaders accused of wrongdoing stepping aside has presented another stumbling block for Ramaphosa allies.

In an interview with ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe, the Sunday Times reported the advice from top lawyers was that stepping aside would be "a voluntary act" and forcing anyone to do so would amount to suspending them.

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