ANC NEC members: Magashule lacks powers to suspend Ramaphosa

While challenging his own suspension from the ANC, Ace Magashule is also gunning for party leader Cyril Ramaphosa

ANC NEC members: Magashule lacks powers to suspend Ramaphosa

The developments within the African National Congress (ANC) have been jaw-dropping, to say the least – all thanks to the party’s contentious step aside resolution. Now members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), its highest decision-making body, have come out against secretary general Ace Magashule. This after he bizarrely ‘suspended’ ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, in a letter which has been circulating on social media.

“Accordingly, on the authority of the NWC and as a result of the allegations referred to here above, you are hereby temporarily suspended, with immediate effect from 3 May 2021, from all activities of the ANC pending all the internal processes of the ANC, as well as the finalisation of the pending matters to which I have referred…”

Ace Magashule to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa

ANC NEC members hit back at Ace over Ramaphosa’s ‘suspension’

Responding to Ace Magashule’s letter, ANC NEC member and former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said Ace Magashule simply doesn’t have the authority to suspend Cyril Ramaphosa.

“As it happens, Ace is no longer the Secretary General of the ANC. And even if he were, he would have no such constitutional powers,” Hanekom said.

ANC top six member, chairperson Gwede Mantashe similarly told TimesLive and further claimed that Magashule was acting on someone else’s behalf.

“You can’t take decisions on you own in an organisation. It has no consequence. You can’t as an individual write a letter suspending another letter. It means I can also write a letter to somebody else to suspend him. There is no organisation that operates in such a manner,” Mantashe told the publication.

“Yesterday there was an NWC meeting, you can’t walk out of that NWC without having raised any issue and come out and write letters. That letter is not worth the paper it is written on. It’s of no consequence ,” he added.

All comes after the National Working Committee (NWC) resolved to support the enforcement of the step aside resolution, which directs for all party members facing corruption charges and other serious crimes, step aside from their duties or face suspension.

Magashule faces dozens of corruption and fraud charges in relation to a R255 million asbestos tender which was awarded in the Free State, when he was still premier.

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Former Amakhosi midfielder sent home by Tshakhuma

Former Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese is stuck has been sent home by Tshakhuma due to contractual complications

Former Amakhosi midfielder sent home by Tshakhuma

Former Amakhosi midfielder George Lebese has been sent home by DStv Premiership outfit Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

The 32-year-old midfielder was set to sign a short term deal with the Limpopo based outfit after being forced to part ways with American outfit Colorado Switchbacks FC.

The former Amakhosi midfielder was unable to return back to America for what would have been his second season at Switchbacks FC due to strict COVID-19 travel protocols however his contract in America is still legally binding making him unable to sign for Tshakhuma as a free agent.

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Former Amakhosi star George Lebese stuck in limbo

George Lebese had been training with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila for a number of weeks with many expecting him to make his debut before the end of the season however it wasn’t to be.

Tshakhuma head coach Dylan Kerr confirmed that the former Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has been sent home due contractual complications that make it impossible for the club to sign him at this stage.

“Well, as far as I know, George Lebese is no longer with us due to his work visa. We can’t get a FIFA clearance for him.” Dylan Kerr said regarding the former Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder.

“So, I think George agreed, I don’t know because I’m not seeing him. I think George has gone home and I don’t know if he’s still part of TTM. But I can understand his frustration, when he came, he was way off the pace. I mean we’d be risking serious injury if we did play him in a competitive game, because he’s not been training and he hasn’t played since November.

“So he was a long way short off the rest of the squad and we tried very, very hard to get his ITC, but the legalities of it in America… he was already contracted to that club, he wasn’t really a free agent, so we couldn’t really sign him.”

George lebese’s debut season abroad saw him earn two goals and two assists in 16 USLC appearances. He’ll now have to wait for his clearance from America before he plot his next move.

He left the Amakhosi for Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2017 and has ever since struggled to replicate the deadly form he showed for the Glamour Boys.

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