The Democratic Alliance (DA) slammed the African National Congress (ANC) following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement that the party’s general secretary, Ace Magashule, will explain himself to the party’s Integrity Commission.
In his statement on Tuesday, DA Leader, John Steenhuisen described the decision as an unexpected move.
Magashule did not step aside or carry out suspension. So, President Ramaphosa’s pledge to eradicate corruption is empty and the lines he has drawn in the sand have been blotted out. We know the ANC Integrity Commission is toothless. It acts as a veil,” added Steenhuisen.
An ANC spokesman, Pule Mabe, said the ruling party held a three-day Virtual National Executive Committee (NEC), meeting which began on Sunday, May 8, 2020, to discuss organisational issues.
The agenda includes urgent national issues, unity, the resumption of movements in line with the resolution of the 54th National Conference, progress on economic transformation and recovery plans, COVID-19, the upcoming elections. and international relations.
In his closing remarks, President Ramaphosa announced that Magashule would appear before the party’s Integrity Commission on December 12 on charges of corruption.
Magashule is out on R200,000 bail and will appear in court on February 2021.
During his tenure as Premier of the Free State, Magashule was embroiled in the multi-million-rand asbestos saga.
“This is an unexpected move that proves that the president is too weak to take decisive action against the most corrupt members of his party. He prefers the ANC over South Africa and makes way for his colleagues and constituents,” said Steenhuisen.
He said President Ramaphosa’s announcement was a slap in the face for South Africans who want the law to take action against ANC members who steal their money and livelihoods.