The South African ANC suspends Secretary General Magashule – local media

Ace Magashule, the general secretary of the ruling African National Congress in South Africa, speaks to university students during a protest outside the Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 11, 2021. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa has suspended its Secretary General Ace Magashule under stricter rules for party officials charged with corruption, Eyewitness News and state broadcaster SABC reported on Wednesday.

Magashule is charged with corruption over a contract to inspect houses with asbestos roofs when he was Prime Minister of the Free State Province. He denies the charges against him.

The ANC said in a statement Tuesday that its National Working Committee had reiterated an earlier decision that all members charged with corruption or other serious crimes must “resign” or be suspended within 30 days. Continue reading

ANC spokesman Pule Mabe had no immediate comment when he received a call from Reuters on Wednesday.

Magashule is one of the six most powerful officials of the ANC, responsible for the day-to-day running of the party that has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid. He is one of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s main competitors.

The “step aside” rule is an important test of Ramaphosa’s control over the ANC and his commitment to fighting transplants.

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