Just one normal day of politics in Mzansi is all we ask for, yet we’re resigned to the fact it will never happen. As if Ace Magashule’s suspension from the ANC wasn’t already a massive story, the sulking Secretary-General left his comrades – and the wider South African public – dumbfounded after he then threatened to suspend President Ramaphosa.
Ace vs Cyril: ANC tears itself apart over ‘step aside suspensions’
Ace’s retaliation to the temporary suspension is nothing short of farcical – to the point where many of his comrades thought his attempts to impose the same punishment on Ramaphosa was a joke. Alarm bells only start ringing inside the ANC when Magashule himself confirmed the authenticity of his letter.
And now, this little stunt *could* earn the 61-year-old a permanent EXPULSION from the party…
Is Magashule facing expulsion from the ANC?
Magashule genuinely believes the party’s own Constitution is on his side, stating that he does have the authority to send Cyril packing first. However, his version of events has been largely discredited, and things are going from bad to worse:
- A consensus is growing that Ace Magashule may be heading for an enforced, permanent exit from the ANC.
- Ex-minister Derek Hanekom seems to agree, retweeting such sentiments on his Twitter page.
- A top Ace supporter in Free State told senior reporter Qaanitah Hunter; “this will end in his expulsion from the party”
- NEHAWU Chair Zolani Simayi agrees, stating; “Ace Magashule will be expelled, and his letter has no force”
- UCT Professor and Political Researcher Nomboniso Gasa also believes an expulsion is on the cards, openly stating; “the ANC successfully expelled people who were much more substantial and smarter than Magashule and his ilk”.
CAN MAGASHULE SUSPEND RAMAPHOSA?
Not really, no. National Chairperson of the African National Congress, Gwede Mantashe, confirmed Wednesday evening that the letter ‘has no consequence’ as Magashule doesn’t have the authority to suspend Ramaphosa.
Mantashe explained that the decisions within the party ‘are taken by structures and not individuals’. He added that the intention of Magashule’s letter was to cause confusion, and ‘is not worth the paper it is written on’. The ANC stalwart did not elaborate on the possibility of an expulsion for Ace Magashule, however.