Magashule faces EXPULSION from ANC – for ‘trying to suspend Ramaphosa’

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Magashule faces EXPULSION from ANC – for ‘trying to suspend Ramaphosa’

Just one normal day of politics in Mzansi is all we ask for, yet we’re resigned to the fact it will never happen. As if Ace Magashule’s suspension from the ANC wasn’t already a massive story, the sulking Secretary-General left his comrades – and the wider South African public – dumbfounded after he then threatened to suspend President Ramaphosa.

Ace vs Cyril: ANC tears itself apart over ‘step aside suspensions’

Ace’s retaliation to the temporary suspension is nothing short of farcical – to the point where many of his comrades thought his attempts to impose the same punishment on Ramaphosa was a joke. Alarm bells only start ringing inside the ANC when Magashule himself confirmed the authenticity of his letter.

And now, this little stunt *could* earn the 61-year-old a permanent EXPULSION from the party…

Is Magashule facing expulsion from the ANC?

Magashule genuinely believes the party’s own Constitution is on his side, stating that he does have the authority to send Cyril packing first. However, his version of events has been largely discredited, and things are going from bad to worse:

  • A consensus is growing that Ace Magashule may be heading for an enforced, permanent exit from the ANC.
  • Ex-minister Derek Hanekom seems to agree, retweeting such sentiments on his Twitter page.
  • A top Ace supporter in Free State told senior reporter Qaanitah Hunter; “this will end in his expulsion from the party”
  • NEHAWU Chair Zolani Simayi agrees, stating; “Ace Magashule will be expelled, and his letter has no force”
  • UCT Professor and Political Researcher Nomboniso Gasa also believes an expulsion is on the cards, openly stating; “the ANC successfully expelled people who were much more substantial and smarter than Magashule and his ilk”.

CAN MAGASHULE SUSPEND RAMAPHOSA?

Not really, no. National Chairperson of the African National Congress, Gwede Mantashe, confirmed Wednesday evening that the letter ‘has no consequence’ as Magashule doesn’t have the authority to suspend Ramaphosa.

Mantashe explained thatthe decisions within the party ‘are taken by structures and not individuals’. He added that the intention of Magashule’s letter was to cause confusion, and ‘is not worth the paper it is written on’. The ANC stalwart did not elaborate on the possibility of an expulsion for Ace Magashule, however.

Source : The South African More   

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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.

Source : The South African More   

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