African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule has pledged pledged allegiance to the ANC despite the outcomes of recent NEC meetings regarding the step aside resolution.
Magashule and other ANC party members facing corruption charges will have to step aside within 27 days from today or face suspension. This is part of the NEC meetings outcome announced by party’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mgashule has remained defiant to stepping down as Secretary General of the ANC amid corruption and fraud court cases. When asked when he will step aside, Magashule steadily responded and said, “wait and see”.
Magashule has pledge absolute allegiance to the ANC and his respect for the organization. He said “I will never leave and join any other party. I will live and die in the ANC. I have served the ANC with dignity and respect”.
The NEC resolved that members facing corruption charges and subject to the step aside resolution should consult former leaders within the initial 30-day period announced on Monday.
Ace Magashule says he will consult former party leaders starting on 11 April regarding the step aside resolution. He will meet former party presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Montlanthe, Jacob Zuma and other high ranking officials.
“I will be meeting with leaders who are a real reference of our movement. I will be going to former Presidents Kgalema and I will be going to… President Zuma…”, said Magashule.
Magashule’s sympathiser, spokesperson of the MKMVA Carl Niehaus has denied links to any Radical Economic Transformation (RET) groups creating factionalism within the organisation.
“I have never been any member factional group in the ANC. I am a member of the African National Congress, committed to the resolutions of the ANC”, said Niehaus.
Magashule is currently facing 21 counts of corruption and fraud to the amount of R255 million in the Free state Asbestos saga. His resistance will continue to test the ANC’s integrity.