Ace Magashule has defended the Implementation of Radical Economic Transformation policies (RET) considering the current factionalism battles that Magashule’s supporters may create within the party.
Speaking at Nancefield Cemetery, in commemoration of 150 years of Cde Charlotte Mannya Maxeke.Magashule stood in support of the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) forces saying that it is ANC policy that was adopted at Nasrec and must be implemented.
“RET is a policy which was adopted at Nasrec, you can’t actually change it and turn it around. The economy must be in the hands of the African people”, said Magashule.
Whilst Magashule s in support of the Nasrec resolution, it must also be noted that current party President Cyril Ramaphaso won by a whisker against rival Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the 54th National conference.
The RET policies have been hijacked by Magashule supporters and sympathisers within the ANC to agitate factions withing the party. The policy has been conveniently co-opted into groups which happen to be in support of Mgashule.
On the flip side of the ANC internal politics, there is an emerging campaign outside of the ANC called Defend our Democracy protecting Ramaphosa’s interests within the National Executive Committee.
Ironically, last week party President Cyril Ramaphosa slammed ANC members masquerading under the banner of RET forces and calling them out for inciting factionalism within the ANC.
In hindsight it here is some form of division that is already evident within the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa is found on the other side of opposing forces.
Magashule is left with about 20 days to step aside or face immediate suspension as part of the ANC resolutions that were announced by party President as part of the NEC meeting outcomes.
Magashule’s defiance and stubborn attitude towards stepping aside reveals that he is headed for suspension, however he says the meetings with former leaders will inform his decision.
He is scheduled to meet ANC veteran Matthew Phosa on Friday, next week he will meet over tea with former President Jacob Zuma, former President Thabo Mbeki, and President Cyril Ramaphosa.