Johannesburg – Suspended African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Maagshule said that he would no longer remain silent as state resources were being used against him and his allies. He, however, did not name anyone by name.
Magashule said that he remained in office because he had appealed the party’s decision to suspend him.
He also made claims that he suspended Cyril Ramaphosa as he was facing allegation of vote-buying during his CR17 campaign to become party president. This was despite him not having a mandate from the national executive committee, which was the only body between conference that could suspend a party president.
He said that he had the backing of the NEC to suspend Ramaphosa.
“As the ANC, we have suspended Cyril,” said Magashule.
He confirmed that they were delivered on Monday to the president and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.
Magashule said Ramaphosa must step aside over allegations of vote-buying during his CR17 campaign.
“Those who have allegations, those who are charged or suspected to have been involved [in corruption].”
He had accused his comrades of selectively enforcing Nasrec resolutions; he said that the 2017 conference decided that those facing criminal charges and those facing serious allegations must step aside.
“There is no conscience there. What happened to the conscience of everybody on the resolution of the ANC’s national highest decision-making body?”
He said that he will no longer remain silent as state organs were being used against him and his allies.
“This is not the last case; we know what they are cooking. We know what they are cooking against Supra, we know what they are cooking against Lindiwe Sisulu, we know what they are cooking against some of the ministers.”
Meanwhile, the ANC has confirmed the authenticity of the letters and has appealed to Magashule to respect the party’s decisions.