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Suspended SG Ace Magashule must apologize or face disciplinary action – Ramaphosa

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Suspended secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashule has been advised to make a public apology for issuing a suspension letter against Cyril Rampahosa.

Magashule published a letter on social media announcing the suspension of the current sitting president of the ANC just after he was temporarily suspended.

The national executive committee (NEC) held a meeting over the weekend and reaffirmed its commitment to see the step-aside resolution through.

“The NEC reaffirms its full confidence in the Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte and supports her in carrying out her duties as per the ANC Constitution.” Said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa said the NEC confirmed that in the light of the temporary suspension of the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte will, in accordance with the ANC Constitution, carry out the functions entrusted to the Secretary General by the National Conference, the National General Council, the NEC or the NWC.

“The NEC discussed the letter of suspension written by the secretary-general to the president, for which the secretary-general had no authority or mandate from any structure of the movement. The NEC agreed that such conduct was completely unacceptable and a flagrant violation of the rules, norms and values of the ANC,” added Ramaphosa.

According to Ramaphosa the NEC furthermore instructed the Officials to advise the Secretary General to apologize publicly to ANC structures and members within a set timeframe.

“If he fails to do so, the ANC will institute disciplinary procedures in accordance with the ANC Constitution,” he said.

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