Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
13 Feb 2021
1:42 pm

Calls for Magashule to step aside intensify as ANC NEC congregates

Kaunda Selisho

As the public awaits the ANC NEC's announcement on guidelines to deal with members accused of corruption, all eyes are on Ace Magashule.

File picture. African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule during a media briefing about his meeting with former president Jacob Zuma on September 11, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Magashule has refused to step down from his position while out on bail. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Alon Skuy)

#Magashulestepaside trended on Twitter on Saturday with many using the hashtag to vent their frustrations.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, the party’s official Twitter account announced that the NEC would be meeting virtually over the weekend.

All eyes are mostly on Ace Magashule as he was charged for corruption last year.

Although the resolution was tabled in 2017, the party’s NEC and national working committee (NWC) will finally find out what guidelines to follow when asking members accused of corruption to step aside.

The party also came under fire over the weekend after the party’s official Twitter account posted birthday wishes for NEC member Mduduzi Manana.

Manana made headlines in 2017 when two young women accused him of assault. Video of the incident later emerged resulting in court action that saw Manana plead guilty to the charges and resign from his position.

The following year, his domestic helper accused him of assault and later withdrew her charges against him. Reports emerged, along with audio, of him allegedly offering her a lump sum of R100,000 as a consolation.

In early 2020, he made headlines once again when he posted an image of himself and communications minister Stella-Ndabeni Abrahams having lunch at him home with his family when leisurely visits were still frowned upon at the beginning of the pandemic.

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