Magashule gets a stay of execution for a week

Ace Magashule

Lungani Zungu

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has dodged the party’s step aside bullet – for now – but his excitement could be short-lived.  

Magashule was among the ANC leaders who were given 30 days to step aside – a deadline which fell due on Friday.

But the ANC has pushed the deadline to next weekend when the National Executive Committee (NEC) meets. 

Magashule might come out of that crucial NEC meeting an ordinary member of the ANC, if the NEC votes to suspend him and other members facing charges.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the party was now waiting for the NEC, the party’s top decision-making body, to give direction on what should happen with members facing charges.

He wouldn’t be drawn into commenting further.

The NEC decided that all members facing corruption, fraud and other serious crimes should step aside until cleared by courts.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was stern last month, saying the affected members should step aside or they would be suspended.  

But Magashule still occupies his high office at Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Joburg.

He has repeatedly said that he would not step aside, saying it was only the branches that could instruct him to step down.

When asked earlier this week if he had started clearing his office, he laughed and said no.

Magashule faced corruption and fraud charges emanating from the R255 million asbestos tender issued during his tenure as Free State premier.

Among the prominent party leaders who also survived the chop today is former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, now a member of the KZN provincial legislature.

Both Gumede and Magashule declined to speak to Scrolla.Africa on Friday.

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