WATCH | As ANC waits for apology, Ace Magashule hits punching bag

Ace Magashule boxing punching bag
Image credit: Screenshot from Twitter video

A video showing suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule boxing a punching bag has surfaced on social media, sparking much amusement.

EWN journalist Tshidi Madia, who is among journalists Magashule called repeatedly last week to insist that he remains Secretary-General, shared the video on Twitter.

Political signal?

It is unclear where Magashule was in the clip or when it was taken. However, he is seen putting a fair bit of effort in punching the heavy bag as someone urged him on.

The 61-year-old controversial leader also shared a picture of himself last week apparently playing chess. Some perceived it as a political signal to his detractors in the ANC.

Well, if he thought “suspending” President Cyril Ramaphosa from the party was a political chess move, it backfired badly.

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), which booted him from its meeting last weekend, instructed him to apologise to the party’s structures for his purported “suspension” of Ramaphosa.

‘Completely unacceptable’

“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 at the end of the meeting.

“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.”

It is unclear if or when Magashule will apologise. Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte said the party hoped he would do so before the end of the week.

Magashule is currently suspended from the ANC after he refused to step aside in line with a National Conference Resolution adopted in 2017.

The resolution requires ANC members charged in court for corruption and other serious crimes to step aside from their leadership positions until their cases are finalised.

He faces corruption charges linked to a R255 million asbestos audit contract awarded during his term as Free State Premier. He has denied wrongdoing, insisting that state organs are being used to “fight political battles.”

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