Cape Town – Former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been found guilty of violating the party’s constitution when he attempted to suspend party leader Cyril Ramaphosa in 2021.
The ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC), led by party veteran Ralph Mgijima, has recommended Magashule be dismissed as a member of the party.
Magashule has seven days to appeal the ruling and provide reasons why he should not be expelled.
Addressing the media on Wednesday at Luthuli House, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said Magashule’s disciplinary case was held earlier in May.
He said Magashule had seven days to make presentations as to why he should not be expelled from the governing party.
“His failure to apologise constitutes misconduct. The charged member is found guilty on count one and two as charged.
“He is afforded seven calendar days from the day of being informed to make written submissions to the NDC to show cause why the ANC recommendation that the charged member be expelled should not be imposed as an appropriate sanction,” said Mbalula while reading from the ANC NDC findings and recommendations.
ANC National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) has given former ANC Secretary General, Cde Ace Magashule, seven days to write to the committee on why he shouldn’t be expelled from the party. #ANCRenewal https://t.co/oPhSJoxJZ5 pic.twitter.com/W3OEaRf3eI
— ANC SECRETARY GENERAL | Cde Mbalula (@MbalulaFikile) May 31, 2023
Magashule had led a bitter battle against Ramaphosa before his suspension as secretary-general.
He faced corruption charges related to the Free State asbestos case.
Instead of stepping aside, he wrote a suspension letter to Ramaphosa without authorisation from the ANC national executive committee, Mbalula said.
Magashule refused to apologise to Ramaphosa and has now been found guilty of misconduct and violating the ANC’s constitution.
He was suspended from his official role at Luthuli House for most of his elected term and was unable to contest for a leadership position at the ANC national conference in December last year.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu