Cape Town – Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has expressed concern over the party’s alleged attempts to deploy an “outsider” to assist Paul Mashatile, who has been assigned to the secretary office following the illness of Magashule’s deputy Jessie Duarte.
According to EWN, this comes after the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting came to a halt as it debated a proposal that Gwen Ramokgopa, a former Gauteng MEC for health, be deployed to the secretary office as a coordinator.
Magashule argued that Mashatile acting as secretary-general should suffice and that no outsiders should be appointed to that position.
“You don’t need any other person outside that team which is full-time and being paid for that matter. If you go outside, you are actually saying you don’t trust and therefore don’t want these people and therefore you become factional. Once the ANC becomes factional now, I can tell you, let it be so, then there is no ANC come 2024 elections,” Times Live quoted Magashule as saying.
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He also mentioned Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba, and Dakota Legoete as people who could help Mashatile in the office.
Magashule is currently appealing the ANC’s step-aside decision, which requires party leaders facing charges to resign or face suspension from the party.
He faces charges of fraud and corruption relating to a R255 million tender for an audit of asbestos roofing in the Free State.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo