By Thys Khiba – Pressure from a higher structure of the African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo drives the province ANC branch to abandon plans to celebrate the party’s 110th birthday with suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule.
This is after newly elected Vhembe region secretary Rhuzani Ludere told the branch, in a letter, that the decision to invite Magashule to “an alternative event” was inconsistent with the ANC’s constitution.
Another branch in Musina led by a Magashule loyalist was instructed to suspend the visit, which was expected to take place on Saturday, the same day as the ANC’s birthday rally in the province.
“It is not in our formal programme. As we have said in our statement, there are many initiatives that are taking place outside of our plans and we have come out to say that where people are doing their own events, let it not be in the name of the ANC,” said ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane.
After his (Magashule) suspension as the secretary-general of the ANC Magashule is not expected to speak publicly about organizational matters and he is also not allowed to address or participate in activities by ANC structures.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa was whisked away moments after he arrived at the Lilian Ngoyi Memorial Lecture event. The ANC was forced to cancel the Memorial Lecture amid concerns that the event did not comply with COVID-19 safety regulations on Thursday.
They were speculations and questions of security threat after Ramaphosa was told to leave the venue.
Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for State Security Zizi Kodwa said despite concerning events, such as the fire at Parliament and the attack on the Constitutional Court, there was no security threat around the president.
Ramaphosa, as the ANC president, is expected to deliver the 8th January statement for the ANC’s 110th birthday celebrations on Saturday in Limpopo as planned.
“The president will address the people of South Africa on behalf of the ANC on January 8, so there shouldn’t be any worries,” said Kodwa.
Here is a letter sent by the Regional Secretary, Rudzani Lubere:
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