In a significant development within the African National Congress (ANC), former Secretary-General Ace Magashule faces potential expulsion from the party. The ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) found Magashule guilty of misconduct for his attempt to unilaterally suspend ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2021, a move that was deemed a contravention of the party’s constitution.
The disciplinary case against Magashule was held last week, and the party has now given him seven days to provide reasons why he should not be expelled. The decision is seen as a crucial step in the ANC’s efforts to maintain discipline and unity within its ranks.
Magashule’s misconduct stems from his refusal to apologise to Ramaphosa and ANC structures after issuing a letter announcing the suspension of the party’s president. This move came after Magashule himself had been suspended from the party pending the outcomes of court proceedings on the asbestos case, a high-profile corruption case involving a failed R225 million rand asbestos tender.
The ANC’s current Secretary-General, Fikile Mbalula, confirmed the NDC’s decision, stating that Magashule’s actions had brought the party into disrepute. The former Secretary-General now has a week to make written submissions to the NDC, showing cause why the ANC’s recommendation for his expulsion should not be imposed as the appropriate sanction.
The potential expulsion of Magashule marks a significant moment in the ANC’s history, reflecting the party’s commitment to upholding its constitution and maintaining internal discipline. However, it also underscores the ongoing challenges the ANC faces in dealing with allegations of corruption and misconduct within its ranks.