Magashule gets 30 days to step aside as ANC NEC affirms 2017 Nasrec resolutions

On Monday night, the ANC’s national executive committee decided that Magashule and others facing corruption and serious charges should vacate their offices within a month or be suspended from the party.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule on the Day of Reconciliation 2020 attended the ‘Young Boys’ Dialogue’ in his hometown of Parys, Free State, that focused on gender-based violence. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC secretary-general lives to fight another day. Well, according to African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa’s closing national executive council address, 30 more days to be exact.

There was relief among Ace Magashule’s supporters on Tuesday morning, with the ANC secretary-general managed to secure at least 30 more days in office before he was expected to step aside.

On Monday night, the ANC’s national executive committee decided that Magashule and others facing corruption and serious charges should vacate their offices within a month or be suspended from the party.

On Sunday, chaotic scenes broke out when Magashule’s supporters objected to the suggestion that he be given just a week to step aside.

During his closing address overnight, Ramaphosa said that the NEC had affirmed its 2017 Nasrec conference resolutions, along with the NEC’s own decisions.

Magashule is facing corruption charges stemming from his tenure as Free State premier.

"The meeting emphasises the 30-day period will be ensued to enable the implementation of the decision in line with the guidelines and not for the review of the decision."

Magashule spent most of the weekend with his back against the wall as some in the NEC sought to push him out of office within the next seven days.

And while he’s managed to stay put for now, Ramaphosa said that there was no going back on this resolution.

The ANC president also said that Magashule asked to use this period to get some guidance.

"The ANC welcomes the decision by the ANC secretary-general, comrade Ace Magashule, to use this time to seek the counsel of past leaders."

The ANC president has also called on members to rally around the NEC’s decision and avoid acts of ill-discipline.

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