ANC NEC adopt guidelines confirming Magashule must step aside

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said the adoption of the guidelines was an important step towards renewing the party and strengthening its credibility and integrity.

FILE: African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule campaigns in Hermanus on 24 April 2019. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC)’s national executive committee (NEC) has adopted the guidelines that confirm that the party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule must step aside.

Party president Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the NEC decision in his closing address on Sunday after the two-day virtual meeting.

Ramaphosa said that the adoption of the guidelines was an important step towards renewing the party and strengthening its credibility and integrity.

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The ANC is grappling with the issue, with Magashule at the centre of the debate – he’s facing multiple corruption charges stemming from his tenure as premier of the Free State.

On Sunday, the ANC’s NEC finally adopted the much-anticipated guidelines.

These will set out processes to be followed when dealing with members in conflict with the law.

The president said that the guidelines would still be refined and sent to provinces for consultation.

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He did, however, urge those who were implicated to act voluntarily instead of waiting to be pushed.

The party’s top six will now also be expected to process various integrity commission reports, including one recommending Magashule steps aside.

The officials, along with the NEC, are also expected to finalise the guidelines within a month.

In the documents, which Eyewitness News has seen, the former ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa outlined 21 days to deal with members facing charges.

  • Upon receipt of a referral from the Secretary or Secretary General of a matter for its consideration with respect to allegations of impropriety by a member, the IC shall commence its process immediately in this regard;

  • Within 7 days of having received such a referral from the Secretary or Secretary General, the IC shall inform the member of the referral, including the allegations that have been raised against the member;

  • Within 14 days of having received such a referral from the Secretary or Secretary General the IC shall appoint a Task Team or Investigator, depending on the complexity of the matter to investigate the matter and compile a report containing the available evidence and analysis on the matter;

  • Within 21 days of an investigation commencing, the Investigator or Task Team shall submit their Investigation Report to the IC;

  • The IC shall provide the member with a copy of the Investigation Report and request that the member submit their response to the Investigative Report within 14 days of receipt thereof;

  • Upon receipt of the members response to the Investigative Report, the IC shall review the report and the response and determine whether it is required that oral evidence be led by any person or persons and if so, shall schedule a hearing within a reasonable time at which the matter shall be heard. The IC shall also consider an application by the member if they wish to have oral evidence heard; and

  • The IC shall have the discretion to regulate its proceedings at its hearings in any manner that it sees fit and is appropriate for the nature of the matter under consideration provided that fair regard shall be had to the rules of natural justice referenced elsewhere herein.

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