By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The African National Congress National Working Committee has released a suspension letter through its deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte to officially temporarily suspend their secretary Ace Magashule until the finalization of the court case.
“Accordingly, on the authority of the NWC, you are hereby temporarily suspended with effect from 3 May 2021 until the final outcome of your court proceedings,” said Duarte.
The letter comes after the NWC has decided to reaffirm the decision of the NEC on the 26-29 March 2021 that all members who have been charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step aside within 30 days, failing which they should be suspended in terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC constitution.
During the suspension period, Magashule is expected to not carry out his duties and responsibilities as the Secretary General. “May not represent the organisation publicly or in any other forum. May not make public pronouncements on matters related to the organisation. May not engage in the mobilisation of ANC structures, any other organisations or individuals, including on your stepping aside and related matters thereto.”
Duarte has also confirmed that Magashule will still be receiving his salary and other benefits related to the conditions of his employment.
Magashule is expected to update the office of the secretary general of the ANC about any developments of his court case on a monthly basis. “The decision to temporarily suspend you will be reviewed by the NEC every six months, or from time to time at your request.”
Meanwhile, Magashule is linked to the multi-million rand asbestos-roofing saga.
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