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ANC to implement Mangaung resolution

The ANC will speak to senior members who face criminal charges about stepping down.

Zuma delivering the ANC Manifesto at the Mbombela Stadium on 11 January. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says its top six officials now have a mandate to speak to senior members facing criminal charges, with a view to have them voluntarily step down from leadership positions.

At its election manifesto launch the party said any of its members who were criminally charged would have to step down from positions in government.

The ANC says this decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) to give the top six this mandate is in line with its Mangaung resolutions.

But this could still be a difficult resolution to implement.

For example, this means the top six now have to ask the ANC's Northern Cape leader John Block to resign.

If he refuses, the party would be in a tough position.

It could either decide to take the political consequences of not implementing this resolution or try to force him to go, which could lead to more instability within the party itself.