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Magashule to remain SG, says ANC despite integrity commission recommendation

Spokesperson Pule Mabe has been addressing the media on Tuesday afternoon, reacting to the commission's report calling for Magashule to step aside with immediate effect.

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule addresses supporters outside the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court where he appeared on 13 November 2020 on corruption-related charges. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) said that Ace Magashule remained secretary-general of the party, this as a leaked document from the integrity commissions showed that it had recommended that he steps aside from his role with immediate effect.

Magashule has been at the centre of recent battles over the party’s 2017 resolutions for members implicated in serious crimes to step aside, this as he and several others have refused to do so.

He is facing charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

In the leaked documents by the commission chairperson George Mashamba, it said that the ANC’s national executive committee should put him on suspension if he resisted stepping aside.

READ: ANC integrity commission recommends Magashule must immediately step aside

During a short briefing with journalists following the leak, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said that the NEC would deal with the report, along with several others in January.

He said that there was no need to convene a special NEC meeting over leaks.

"I don't know what is urgent before Christmas, it is on the 25th every year, so this report is not going to change the date of Christmas, so there's no crisis. Tomorrow is Reconciliation Day, the report doesn't change that, the 1st is New Year's Day, so the calendar is as we know it."

Mabe said that the party was following its own processes, with the NEC not having formally engaged with the integrity commission’s report.

ALSO READ: ANC integrity commission worried over NEC role in implementing party resolutions

The executive committee, which is the highest decision-making body in the party, held its last meeting for the year last week.

Mabe cautioned members against leaking reports, saying that it added to divisions in the party.

He said that ANC members must use its platforms to raise issues.

"It is a bit of a worry that big reports like those would find themselves out there on social media platforms and all of that now creating what could possibly be a communications crisis for the African National Congress and now we've got to think through a crisis communication strategy."

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