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Ace will step aside if NEC tells him to

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Ace Magashule, secretary-general of the ANC, told the party’s integrity commission that he would step aside if told by the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) to do so.

He will do so even if he does not agree with the decision.

This is what the ANC’s integrity commission says in a three-page report to the NEC in which it recommends that Magashule stand aside while facing charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

So far, Magashule has publicly insisted he will not vacate his post.

The integrity commission says in the letter that it recommends that the NEC immediately implement its decision in early August.

At that meeting, it was decided that any ANC member who is officially charged with corruption or another serious crime should immediately resign from all leadership positions pending the case’s settlement against them.

This was a confirmation of a resolution the party adopted in December 2017 at its national conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

Before the meeting in August this year, Cyril Ramaphosa, as ANC leader, sent a letter to all ANC members in which he wrote that the ANC stands as accused number one in the dock when it comes to corruption.

The commission says Magashule realizes that as secretary-general of the ANC he is the guardian of the party’s principles and values.

He also realizes that it is his responsibility to ensure that all structures of the ANC act within the party’s constitution.

The Integrity Commission, chaired by George Mashamba (76), says in its report that it is concerned that there is a growing negative perception among the public and ANC members about the NEC – the party’s most important decision-making body between national conferences.

“There is a perception that the NEC cannot implement its decision against the secretary-general. Not because they want to protect him, but because some members of the NEC themselves are implicated. ”

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