The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League in Limpopo has weighed in on the party’s step aside resolution. It has called on the ANC National Executive Committee to reconsider the decision, saying it will deepen divisions in the party.
The resolution stipulates that ANC members who are charged with serious crimes, including corruption, should step aside until their court cases are finalised.
ANC NEC Members charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step aside within 30 days:
The league’s spokesperson, Nyiko Bembani, says the resolution is a witch-hunt aimed at eliminating political enemies in the party.
“The ANC Youth League in Limpopo calls on the ANC NEC to carefully consider the possible consequences of the implementation of the ‘step aside’ principle as it might have far-reaching ramifications on the state of the organisation. We call on the African National Congress National Executive Committee, a structure of the apex of the organisation, to trickle down the guidelines at the national general council before implementing these guidelines.”
Support for Magashule, who faces corruption charges
On Monday, Fezile Dabi regional co-ordinator in the Free State, Reagan Booysens, said the region will interdict the stance on the ‘step aside’ resolution.
The region said it had consulted all the ANC branches in the province in making sure that the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, gets the maximum support that – according to Booysens – he deserves.
ANC Fezile Dabi region says it will interdict NEC if Ace Magashule steps aside:
This comes as the 30-day period during which Magashule must step aside, fast runs out.
Magashule is facing corruption charges among others.
Addressing the media in Parys, Booysens said: “We are going to interdict that (step aside) thing, we just waiting for the due date and we are going to interdict that decision. Because we know the decisions we took at Nasrec and branches are talking about interdicting, because of the decisions they took in Nasrec. So they did not take a decision when a person is charged. We said when a person is reported or when there are allegations about the person,” explained Booysens.
Ekhuruleni ANC wants NEC to rethink the Step Aside resolution: