As if Ace Magashule’s suspension from the ANC wasn’t already a massive story, the sulking Secretary-General left his comrades – and the wider South African public – dumbfounded after he then threatened to suspend President Ramaphosa.
Ace’s retaliation to the temporary suspension is nothing short of farcical – to the point where many of his comrades thought his attempts to impose the same punishment on Ramaphosa was a joke. Alarm bells only start ringing inside the ANC when Magashule himself confirmed the authenticity of his letter.
And now, this little stunt *could* earn the 61-year-old a permanent EXPULSION from the party…
Magashule genuinely believes the party’s own Constitution is on his side, stating that he does have the authority to send Cyril packing first. However, his version of events has been largely discredited, and things are going from bad to worse:
Not really, no. National Chairperson of the African National Congress, Gwede Mantashe, confirmed Wednesday evening that the letter ‘has no consequence’ as Magashule doesn’t have the authority to suspend Ramaphosa.
Mantashe explained that the decisions within the party ‘are taken by structures and not individuals’. He added that the intention of Magashule’s letter was to cause confusion, and ‘is not worth the paper it is written on’. The ANC stalwart did not elaborate on the possibility of expulsion for Ace Magashule, however.