Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
27 May 2021
5:00 am

Big blow for Magashule in the Free State

Eric Naki

ANC members previously marginalised by Magashule through exclusion are now in the forefront of the new interim provincial leadership in the Free State.

Ace Magashule, suspended ANC secretary-general, speaks ahead of former South African president Jacob Zuma’s address following the postponement of his corruption trial outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal on 26 May 2021. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

Previously marginalised ANC activists in the Free State have welcomed the appointment of an interim provincial committee (IPC) which reflected party unity and expressed hope for renewal among ANC members in province after years of divisions and factionalism under former premier and provincial chair Ace Magashule. In a clear blow to suspended ANC secretary-general Magashule’s ambition to become ANC president in future, his allies in the Free State are no longer dominating the province’s ANC. Instead, the new IPC reflects an almost 50-50 representation of the Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa factions. ALSO READ: So what? Ace unfazed by Dukwana's...