Ramaphosa shifts gear in ANC clean up

Lungani Zungu

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has continued his mission to rid the ANC of crooks and instructed the ruling party to suspend all party members who are facing criminal charges.

This is in line with the party’s step aside policy for members facing charges of corruption, fraud and other serious crimes.

Contrary to what his detractors say, Ramaphosa showed that he had cemented his support in the ANC after Ace Magashule was booted out of last weekend’s virtual special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.  

The suspended party secretary-general Magashule was among the leaders who faced charges emanating from the R255 million asbestos tender issues during his time as premier of the Free State.

His dubious attempts to collapse the NEC meeting were shot down after a majority of party members agreed that he should be ejected from the meeting.

Sibongile Besani, the Head of Presidency, told Scrolla.Africa that Ramaphosa wanted to rid the ANC of thieves and looters. 

Besani said: “In his capacity as ANC president, Ramaphosa said all party members accused of corruption or any serious crimes must be cleared by a court of law before they occupy any office.”

In a thinly-veiled attack on Magashule, Besani said no individual leader could challenge an ANC decision.

“It doesn’t matter what position you hold in the ANC, but if a collective decides to remove you, you can’t revolt against it.” 

In his closing remarks in the NEC meeting on Monday, Ramaphosa said: “We have now come to the end of an important part of our movement. This meeting has reaffirmed our shared commitment to the process renewal and rebuilding.”

Ramaphosa said no factional utterances would be tolerated. 

“It is noted with concern the continued factional divisions and divisive pronouncement, which give the impression of an organisation in crisis,” he said.

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