Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
31 Aug 2020
8:18 pm

Ramaphosa reads the riot act

Brian Sokutu

Taking the reins in a briefing which is usually led by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, the president promised to leave no stone unturned in pursuit of corrupt cadres within the ruling party and in government.

ANC top six: Jessie Duarte, Ace Magashule, Gwede Mantashe, Cyril Ramaphosa, David Mabuza and Paul Mashatile. Picture: Gallo Images

In an unprecedented move at the ANC's post national executive committee (NEC) media briefings, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday took over the reins traditionally accorded to secretary-general Ace Magashule. Ramaphosa addressed the country on the outcomes of the recent NEC – promising to leave no stone unturned when pursuing corrupt cadres within the ruling party and in government. While many on social media questioned why he addressed the briefing, the ANC constitution places it within his mandate to articulate the ANC position. Rule 16 of the ANC constitution reads: “The president shall make pronouncements for and on behalf of the...