ANC decides to suspend those responsible

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has initiated the process of suspending officials who face criminal charges and ignored a directive to resign, according to a senior ruling party official.

Jessie Duarte, deputy general secretary of the ANC, is writing letters to people whose membership is revoked and who could be served on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Fikile Mbalula, the party’s chief electoral officer and member of its national executive decision-making committee. .


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Those in the line of fire include Ace Magashule, Secretary General of the ANC, and Bongani Bongo, a former minister of state security, both of whom face corruption charges but deny any wrongdoing.

Magashule has repeatedly challenged the authority of President Cyril Ramaphosa and has been linked to an ANC faction aligned with former President Jacob Zuma, which the party forced to resign in 2018 after being embroiled in a succession of scandals. Magashule’s exit could give a boost to Ramaphosa’s efforts to tackle the corruption that has become endemic under Zuma’s rule and boost his chances of securing a second term as ANC leader next year.

The ANC is determined to prove to its members and the electorate that it is serious about cleaning up its image by dealing with those accused of corruption, Mbalula, who is also South Africa’s transport minister, said in a statement. interview Tuesday.

“The ANC’s indecisiveness in the fight against corruption, from a perception point of view, has put the ANC in a very precarious and defensive mode,” he said. “And you can’t just defend yourself with rhetoric, you have to defend yourself with action.”

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