As part of his consulting of senior African National Congress (ANC) leaders on possibly stepping aside, secretary general Ace Magashule popped into former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home on Thursday, 15 April 2021. Who wouldn’t have liked to be a fly on that wall?
For the most part, Magashule has been mum on what exactly he has been advised to do, but certainly many would be most curious about what Zuma’s sentiments are and if he recommended to the SG that he does in fact step aside.
“It was a wonderful visit. As I’ve said, I’m consulting with veterans of our movement, former leaders of the ANC, from top level,” Magashule said to journalists outside Nkandla.
Magashule to engage other ANC leaders on step-aside resolution
Ace Magashule has already held talks with stalwart Matthews Phosa and is still expected to meet with former presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki.
“I’ve done a lot of consultations, be it with churches and everybody. I do have some guidance”
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule
He said he would soon reveal all about his talks with the senior ANC leaders. Their guidance is believed to be what will inform his decision, whether to step aside or challenge the resolution. It’s no secret that policy has the ANC divided and places certain members of the party in a pretty tight spot.
Magashule faces fraud and corruption charges in connection with a R255 million asbestos contract which was awarded in 2014 in the Free State, when he was still premier. It’s because of the aforementioned matter that he could possibly step aside, as per the policy.
The decision to consult senior ANC leaders was made after the ANC NEC meeting, during which they discussed the step-aside policy. He isn’t the only ANC member affected by the policy as all branches have been given until Thursday to submit the list of individuals whom, in line with the resolution, will step aside from their duties or face suspension.