By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The ‘suspended’ African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule has released a letter to suspend the African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“I have also, in accordance with the powers vested in me as the Secretary General of the ANC, and furthermore in full compliance with the relevant conference Resolutions summarily suspend the President of the ANC, comrade Cyril Ramaphosa,” Magashule said in a statement on Wednesday.
This is after the ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte announces the officially temporarily suspension of the ANC SG Magashule.
Magashule, indicated that his deputy, Jessie Duarte, did not have the authority to suspend him, saying her letter was “fatally flawed and unconstitutional”.
The letter came 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.”
This is a developing story.
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