The ANC National Working Committee (NWC) is taking no prisoners, as far as dissent within members is concerned – and now gunning for suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule, National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Tony Yengeni, and MKMVA spokesperson, Carl Niehaus.

The trio, who are fierce supporters of former president Jacob Zuma, made remarks outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg at the end of the first day of his arms deal corruption trial in KwaZulu-Natal.

Magashule, who is already at loggerheads with the party, defied the conditions of his suspension when he addressed the supporters. While both Yengeni and Niehaus essentially accused a party faction of using state resources to target their opponents.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said they would be facing possible disciplinary action.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) condemned the unbecoming, divisive and defiant behavior of cdes Secretary General Magashule, Tony Yengeni and Carl Niehaus during the recent court appearance of former President Jacob Zuma. The NWC instructed the National Presenter to look into these breaches of discipline and to investigate charges in line with the ANC Constitution and Code of Conduct”

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte

ANC step-aside resolution still being implemented – NWC

The ANC NWC further took note of the fact that the party’s contentious step-aside resolution was still being implemented at the various branches. As per the policy, members facing criminal charges should step aside from their duties or face suspension – Ace Magashule is one such member,

Magashule faces fraud and corruption charges in connection with a R255 million asbestos tender which was found to have been irregularly awarded in the Free State, when he was premier. The step-aside policy has undoubtedly been a bone of contention within the ANC.

“Observed that ANC Provinces and the ANC Caucus in Parliament continue to implement or give effect to the decision of the NEC that charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step aside voluntarily or be suspended in terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC Constitution, and those accused of corruption but not charged to present themselves to the respective Integrity Commissions, in line with resolutions of the 54th National Conference,” Duarte said.

The ANC NWC has also expressed support for the party’s decision to oppose a legal bid by Magashule to challenge his suspension as secretary-general.


Presh JM Reporter

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