BUHLEBESIZWE 2 – The African National Congress (ANC introduced the rule that those comrades who are under investigation should step aside from their positions.
The crux of the matter are the allegations level against the ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. He appeared in Bloemfontein Magistrate Court November 13, 2020 allegedly with corruption charges related to the asbestos contract while he was a Premier of Free State. The national executive committee (NEC) of ANC wanted to implement the step aside rule that denotes those who are facing criminal charges must vacate their positions.
Magashule’s allies had none of it but rallied behind him and fought back against those who intended to implement the rule. As a result, the NEC meeting erupted into chaos. They intended to resort to force early elective conference should Magashule forced to step aside. However the NEC was given an opportunity to revisit the 7 days implementation of the rule and altered to 14 days. But that proposal was rejected too by Magashule’s allies. According to the reports, another NEC member denoted that Magashule will be removed through consensus.