Will Magashule apologise to Ramaphosa for suspension letter?

Ramaphosa has announced an instruction from the national executive committee for Magashule to apologise to him and the party’s faithful over an unauthorised suspension letter he issued against him last week.

FILE: ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and party secretary general Ace Magashule. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - It now remains to be seen whether suspended African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Ace Magashule will apologise to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa hason Monday announced an instruction from the national executive committee for Magashule to apologise to him and the party’s faithful over an unauthorised suspension letter he issued against him last week.

But there is still no telling what the defiant secretary general will do; he has been given a small window for this otherwise he will face disciplinary proceedings from the party.

Magashule, who was suspended last week, attempted to return the favour to the party’s president, a move Ramaphosa said he had not been authorised or mandated to do.

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The embattled secretary general had argued that he should be allowed to continue in his job as he has appealed his suspension.

While reaction to news of Magashule being told to apologise to party Ramaphosa vary, most agree that the ANC’s current leadership has reached a point of no return.

On Monday, Ramaphosa had this to say about Magashule’s recent antics: “The NEC agreed that such conduct was completely unacceptable and a flagrant violation of the rules, the norms and the values of the African National Congress.”

Eyewitness News has spoken to supporters of both Magashule and Ramaphosa with the latter claiming victory arguing that the embattled secretary general’s ego won’t allow him to apologise thus paving his own way out of the party.

Meanwhile, Magashule’s own angry supporters say he must never apologise, instead urging him to go the legal route.

Eyewitness News understands he has already given the ANC a warning that he was considering his next move.

WATCH: Magashule ordered to apologise or face disciplinary processes

'FALSE IMPRESSIONS'

Ramaphosa said the party had continued with its work despite spats and factional battles that persist within its leadership.

He said there was a need to communicate more positive aspects of the party’s activities to counteract what he said was "the false impression" being created from within its own movement that it’s about to collapse.

Specific audio leaks from the closed meeting have made their way into the public domain including comments made by former President Thabo Mbeki, NEC member Dakota Lekgoete, Limpopo chairperson Stan Mathabatha and Malusi Gigaba.

The leaked audio specifically focuses on what is wrong with the party, with some claiming this is the worst the ANC has been.

Ramaphosa said it was clear to the NEC that a campaign to cause division and confusion in the party was under way.

“It noted that this campaign is actively aided by a few individuals from within the NEC itself through leaks, deviant public pronouncements, protests and misinformation on social media aimed at distorting the decisions of the NEC.”

Ramaphosa said the NEC decided to urgently investigate the source of these audio leaks from its closed meetings.

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