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ANC NEC: Magashule must apologise for Ramaphosa suspension letter

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the outcomes of a turbulent NEC meeting, and said that Magashule was totally out of line.

Ace Magashule ANC NEC

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The African National Congress (ANC) has demanded that suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule apologise to President Cyril Ramaphosa for issuing him with a letter of suspension without authorisation or substantiation. 

Delivering the outcomes of a turbulent meeting of the ANC Nation Executive Comittee (NEC) ever the past few days, Ramaphosa said that the group had voiced serious concern over the “continued factional divisions and divisive public pronouncements and spats”, which he said give the impression of “an organisation in crisis”.

Magashule ordered to apologise

Ramaphosa discussed the outcomes of the NEC meeting, specifically those pertaining to infighting within the ruling party and the recent chaos resulting from suspended Magashule’s decision to issue Ramaphosa with a letter of suspension upon being told to step aside himself over allegations of corruption. 

Ramaphosa was unequivocal in handing Magashule with a demand that he apologise for stepping well out of line. 

“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,” he 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,” he said. “If he fails to do so, the ANC will institute disciplinary procedures in accordance with the ANC Constitution.”

Ramaphosa explained that during such a period in which a member has been mandated to step-aside from their duties, such members cannot carry out the responsibilities or duties of their office, or represent the party in any way. They may not make public pronouncements on matters related to the organisation, or engage in the mobilisation of ANC structures or any other organisations or individuals. 

‘Coordinated campaign of discord within the NEC’ 

Ramaphosa said that the NEC had concluded that there is a group of members within the party who are hell-bent on bringing the organisation to its knees. 

“Members of the NEC have expressed concern over a concerted, well-orchestrated and well-resourced campaign to sow division and confusion in the ranks of the ANC, with the ultimate aim to destroy the movement as an instrument of progression and change.”

“It noted that this campaign is actively aided by a few individuals from within the NEC itself, through leaks, deviant public pronouncements, protests and misinformation on social media aimed at distorting the decisions of the NEC.”

Ramaphosa said that despite the efforts to derail the party from within its own structures, a great deal of good work had still been done to improve the lives of South Africans. 

“The meeting recognised that the work of the organisation has been going on despite all these spats and differences at leadership level. Contrary to some impressions created in some public discourse, the work ethic of the organisation is continuing, testifying to the fact that the ANC lives and the ANC leads,” he said.