The ANC Wednesday temporarily suspended secretary-general, Ace Magashule who has since contested the suspension and announced that he was suspending President Cyril Ramaphosa from being the party president.
Magashule had been suspended from the SG post pending an outcome of court proceedings in his corruption, fraud and money laundering case but he swiftly responded by suspending Ramaphosa.
We present below the Mgashule’s statement on the suspensions.
Media statement by the Secretary-General of the ANC. comrade Elias Sekgobelo Magashule. about my suspension as Secretary-General of the ANC.
Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2021
I am issuing this media statement in my capacity as Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC).
I have received a letter under the signature of the Deputy Secretary-General, comrade Jessie Duarte, that temporarily suspends me for an initial period of six months. It is my understanding that this letter was issued to me in terms of a decision of the National Working Committee held on Monday the 3rd of May 2021, in terms of Rule 25.70 and Rule 13, to the effect that all members who have been indicted to appear in a court of law on charges. are to be temporarily suspended.
Other members who are similarly affected have received similar letters.
It is evident that the Deputy Secretary-General does not have the authority to issue such letters. Thus the letter is fatally flawed, and in fact unconstitutional. Furthermore, these letters are based on a selective and factional interpretation of the relevant Resolution.
I herewith announce that I am immediately, and formally, appealing this unconstitutional suspension. In terms of the ANC Constitution. my suspension is thus wholly suspended, until my appeal has been heard, and its final outcome announced.
For the sake of fairness and justice to all the affected comrades, who have received similarly unconstitutional letters, I as Secretary-General – who is duty-bound to uphold the ANC Constitution and all administrative processes – urge them to also follow the appropriate internal appeal processes. It follows that the suspensions of all affected members will also in terms of the ANC Constitution be suspended with immediate effect.
I have also. in accordance with the powers vested in me as the Secretary-General of the ANC, and furthermore in full compliance with the relevant conference Resolutions summarily suspended the President of the ANC, comrade Cyril Ramaphosa.
This is done in terms of Resolution 8.2 of the 54th National Conference, which states that, “…Every cadre accused of or reported to be involved in, corrupt practices accounts to the Integrity Committee immediately. or laces DC processes and Resolution 8.3 that further provides for the suspension of, “. . people who fail to give an acceptable explanation, or to voluntarily step down while they face disciplinary, investigative or prosecutorial procedures”.
I call on all members of the African National Congress to act with revolutionary dignity and respect and to uphold the ANC Constitution. None of us should bow to illegal and unconstitutional actions. In doing so we must protect the unity of the ANC as leader of society.
Issued by the Secretary-General of the ANC Comrade Elias Sekgobelo Magashule.
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