The ANC alliance partners, Cosatu and SACP, have joined several provincial ANC top leaders in support of the national leadership’s latest bid to force its senior and provincial leaders accused of fraud and corruption to step aside.
The long-awaited move was put into action on Monday night after ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that the party had given its own secretary-general, Ace Magashule, and several others accused of fraud and corruption 30 days to step aside from their official positions pending the conclusion of criminal charges against them.
Other leaders facing criminal charges included ANC NEC member and former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo; former ANC MP Vincent Smith; former Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba; former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, ANC KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu and Kgotso Khumalo – Mayor of JB Marks Municipality in Potchefstroom in the North West province, as well as Limpopo ANC provincial treasurer Danny Msiza.
These leaders are facing criminal charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering at various courts in the country.
Ramaphosa said: “All members who have been charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step aside within 30 days, failing which they should be suspended in terms of Rule 25.70 of the ANC Constitution.
“The meeting emphasised that the 30-day period will be to enable the implementation of the decision in line with the guidelines, not to review the decision.”
He also said: “The secretary-general’s office will work with the provinces to identify all people affected and inform them of the decision. The NEC welcomed the decision by the ANC secretary-general Comrade Ace Magashule to use this time to seek the counsel of past leaders of the movement.”
Both Cosatu and the SACP said on Tuesday this was long overdue, but welcomed the move as an important step to curb corruption in all spheres of government.
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