Drama in South Africa as ANC gives Magashule 48 hours to apologise publicly for suspending Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule

The African National Congress (ANC) has given its suspended Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, 48 hours to apologise publicly for the suspension letter he sent to party President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Last week, after being suspended for failing to step aside in line with the National Executive Committee (NEC) resolution, that members facing criminal charges must volunteer to step-aside or face suspension, Magashule instead issued a suspension letter to the President.

Magashule issued the letter without any mandate and authorisation of the NEC or the National Working Committee (NWC).

ANC Deputy Secretary-Genera, Jessie Duarte says they are hoping to hear from Magashule this week and they are expecting him to apologise.

Duarte was addressing the media at the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.

Over the weekend, the ANC NEC met virtually. Magashule and NEC member, Bongani Bongo were booted out of the meeting.

Duarte says this apology is important as it will bring stability to the ANC.

Reading out the outcomes of their three-day meeting on Monday, Ramaphosa says the governing party’s highest decision body has reined in Magashule.

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