As part of strengthening the anti-corruption drive, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has suspendered the African National Congress party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule, who is facing corruption charges in court.
The party’s leadership confirmed Magashule’s suspension and that of all leaders who refuse to “step aside” from their positions as elected officials and public representatives pending the finalization of their corruption cases.
The suspensions mean they cannot participate in any structures of the government or the party, which is likely to weaken their political influence.
“During the step-aside period, suspended individuals may not make public pronouncement related to the work of the organization,” Ramaphosa said in a closing address after the leadership’s meeting this week. He added that during this period, “a public representative may not occupy any executive office or other position of responsibility in the legislature to which they belong.”
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