The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) has asked suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule to apologise for issuing a letter purporting to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa from the party.
Failure to apologise would result in the ANC taking disciplinary action against Magashule.
Magashule’s conduct ‘unacceptable’
This was revealed by Ramaphosa on Monday (10 May) as he read the outcomes of a tense NEC meeting held between Saturday and Monday.
“The NEC discussed the ‘letter of suspension’ written by the Secretary-General to the President, for which the Secretary-General had no authority or mandate from any structure of the movement,” Ramaphosa said.
“The NEC agreed that such conduct was completely unacceptable and a flagrant violation of the rules, norms and values of the ANC.
“The NEC furthermore instructed the Officials to advise the Secretary-General to apologise publicly to ANC structures and members within a set timeframe. If he fails to do so, the ANC will institute disciplinary procedures in accordance with the ANC Constitution.”
Magashule sent shockwaves in the party last week after revealing that he had “suspended” Ramaphosa, ostensibly for the CR17 campaign fundraising controversy and the sealing of campaign bank statements.
The controversial Secretary-General was seemingly hitting back after Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte suspended him on 3 May.
This followed his failure to step aside from his position voluntarily – despite a 30-day deadline imposed by the NEC – in line with an ANC national conference resolution requiring members to step aside when they are charged in court for corruption and other serious crimes.
Duarte facing ‘threats and insults’
In his statement, Ramaphosa also revealed that Duarte and ANC staff members have faced “unwarranted attacks” in the form of “threats, insults, unfounded allegations and misinformation.” ANC NEC Coordinator Andries Nel has also faced death threats.
The President added, “The NEC confirmed that in the light of the temporary suspension of the Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte will, in accordance with the ANC Constitution, carry out the functions entrusted to the Secretary-General by the National Conference, the National General Council, the NEC or the NWC.
“The NEC reaffirms its full confidence in the Deputy Secretary-General, and supports her in carrying out her duties as per the ANC Constitution.”