Tebogo Msimanga |
The FW de Klerk Foundation says it welcomes the suspension of African National Congress( ANC) Secretary general, Ace Magashule, as well as other ANC members facing criminal charges particularly corruption or other serious crimes.
The announcement by the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) was made on Tuesday and key people affected by the NWC’s decision, includes former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu.
According to ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, the National Working Committee has “reaffirmed the decision of the NEC held from 26 – 29 March 2021 that all members who have been charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step aside within 30 days, failing which they should be suspended in terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC Constitution.”
The Foundation said the decision to suspend Magashule should “be welcomed as an important and long-overdue – step to tackle corruption and take stern action against top ANC officials who stand accused of serious offences.
It added that the ANC’s factional battles have been negatively impacting governance and effective service delivery for far too long.
Magashule, who is temporarily suspended , effective from 3rd May 2021, is prohibited from making public announcements.