Ace Magashule Civil unrest

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‘We won’t allow it’: Ace SLAMS Zuma criticism at Mbeki-led meeting

Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule is clearly not happy with former president Thabo Mbeki’s three-day visit to the Free State

Ace Magashule Civil unrest

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Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and some of his allies have vowed to fiercely defend former president Jacob Zuma from his detractors, including those who openly voiced their criticism of JZ during a meeting with Thabo Mbeki.

Mbeki, who is also the party’s former president, visited the Free State this past weekend, in a bid to foster unity and renewal within Africa’s oldest liberation movement. There has been undeniable divisions within party members in the Free State, which is the perfect microcosm of what is genuinely unfolding in the ANC, especially as it prepares to elect new leaders in December.

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Ace Magashule is not happy with Mbeki’s visit and reckons all it did was invite ANC members to badmouth Zuma and those aligned to his faction. It isn’t exactly clear what was said about Zuma, but given the recent events surrounding Msholozi, it likely wasn’t a gabfest about his accomplishments.

Magashule says attacking a former ANC president is wrong and fuels factionalism.

“It’s a factional approach and to come here and talk bad about Zuma in meetings, we won’t allow it. We will never. As a member of the ANC, I will never allow it because we have never talked bad about any leader of the African National Congress. It is wrong. It’s completely wrong and unacceptable”

Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule

Magashule spoke to journalist outside the High Court in Bloemfontein, where he had appeared for pretrial proceedings in the multimillion rand asbestos corruption case.

In addition, some of Magashule’s allies have also taken issue with the meetings, labelling them as merely a façade.

“When you seek to foster unity, it’s something that is very serious. It’s not a cosmetic act, and because of that, you need to ensure that you take all affected parties on board and try and resolve whatever matters are at the heart of the disputes,” suspended Free State ANC chief whip Vusi Tshabalala told News24.

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