JOHANNESBURG: Provinces were given 30 days to provide a list of their members facing criminal charges, but that deadline passed on 30 April.
South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress has taken a strong stance against corruption charged ANC leaders and members after enforcing one of its resolutions.
The party’s top leadership at the national, provincial and regional level are heavily charged with corruption. These include the party’s secretary-general, Mr Ace Magashule who has been consulting former presidents on the implementation of the resolution.
At the end of the ANC’s three-day national executive committee meeting on 29 March 2021, party president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all members who had been criminally charged would have 30 days to step aside or face suspension.
It is understood Mr Magashule has already told other officials that he will not step aside.
Mr Magashule is facing what feels like a losing battle now with some who were once his biggest supporters calling it a day on the fight against the step-aside resolution.
While the ANC prepares to inform those who refuse to step aside that they are facing suspension, it’s understood Mr Magashule has attempted to negotiate a settlement that could see him retain his title as secretary-general and step aside for a short while.
Provinces were given 30 days to provide a list of their members facing criminal charges, but that deadline passed on 30 April. Members of the national working committee sat on Monday and deliberate on the names submitted.
According to an independent political analyst, Mr Molifi Tshabalala said “[i]t is very simple: the dominant faction, led by the president, is now in charge of both the NWC and the NEC.”
“The dissident faction appears to have retreated from pursuing centralised strategy to territorialised strategy, namely focus on mobilising support at a branch and regional levels,” Mr Tshabalala said.
“Ace can only survive if his faction has mobilise enough support at branch and regional levels, but it is very unlikely for presidency. He lacks credibility,” he added.
Meanwhile it has been reported that a proposed six-month review of the step aside cases has been placed on the table, with the weekend’s NEC expected to discuss this further.
The NEC meeting will take place in person this weekend.