The African National Congress (ANC) integrity commission has recommended that the party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule step aside immediately.
Magashule is facing 21 counts relating to corruption, money laundering and fraud charges, charges – which stemmed from his time as premier of the Free State.
He had refused to step aside, with the party obtaining legal opinion on the matter and the national executive committee resolving that officials must go back to the drawing board and formulate a framework on the issue.
The commission, chaired by George Mashamba, has recommended to the ANC that the resolutions of its conference must be applied “without fear or favour”. In a statement seen by SurgeZirc SA on Tuesday, the commission highlighted the ANC NEC’s resolution of 6-8 August 2020, Mashamba said the commission believes Magashule should step aside until his corruption case has been finalised.
He said Magashule had indicated during their meeting that he would not resist any sanctions and any decision of the NEC even if he might not agree with it. “Cadres of the ANC who are formally charged for corruption or other serious crimes must immediately step aside from all leadership positions in the ANC, legislatures, or other government structures pending the finalisation of their cases.
“The officials as mandated will develop guidelines and procedures on implementation, and the next NWC meeting will review progress. In cases where this has not happened, such individuals will be instructed to step aside,” the statement read.