Ace Magashule, the leader of the African Congress for Transformation (ACT) and former ANC Secretary-General, is optimistic about his party’s chances in the upcoming elections.
In a recent interview on Podcast and Chill, Magashule stated that ACT would do “very well” and emerge victorious in Free State, Northern Cape, and North West. He further claimed that the party was already making strides in the Eastern Cape.
While it remains unclear whether the new party has been registered with the Electoral Commission of South Africa, Magashule expressed confidence in the support of his home province, Free State. He is hopeful that the people of Free State will back him and vote for his party.
Magashule also expressed his openness to forming coalitions but only with “progressive forces that actually care about the poor, the uneducated, and the youth.” He did not rule out the possibility of collaborating with the ANC, the party he previously served.
During the interview, Magashule revealed that he had been in discussions with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). While he acknowledged interactions with EFF Secretary-General Marshall Dlamini and leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, Magashule clarified that he had declined an invitation to join the EFF.
Contrary to speculation, Magashule emphasized that his goal was not to become the president of South Africa. He stated, “I’m not even aiming to become president. I don’t have such ambitions and aspirations, I just want to serve. A position is not important for me.”
Magashule drew parallels between the state of the country and George Orwell’s famous novel “Animal Farm.” He commented, “In South Africa today, there are those who are untouchable and there are those who must be touched. Conditions have changed.”