By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has arrived in Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal, to meet with former president Jacob Zuma as part of his consultations on the governing party’s "step aside" resolution.
Magashule and other ANC members charged with corruption and other serious crimes have until the end of April to voluntarily step down from their posts or face disciplinary action.
He faces fraud and corruption charges in the Bloemfontein High Court emanating from his tenure as Free State premier over an asbestos audit contract scandal.
He is out on R200,000 bail. The case was postponed to 11 August 2020 for pre-trial hearings in the Free State high court.
Magashule is also expected to meet with former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.
Last week, the secretary-general caused confusion among the ANC’s provincial secretaries after he widened the scope of those who should step down to include party members alleged, reported or implicated in corrupt practices.
Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says the top six have held no discussions with the party’s secretary-general Ace Magashule nor did he consult them on the letter he issued to the party’s nine provincial secretaries.
However, the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) on Wednesday contradicted his memo to specifically state that only members who are charged with corruption and other serious crimes should resign.
Meanwhile a group of ANC supporters staged a protest outside Luthuli House demanding that the resolutions taken by the ANC’s national general council in 2015 be rigorously implemented.
Centred around the protest is the most controversial issue that hangs over the party’s national executive committee, its "step aside" guidelines.
The group was demanding that the step aside guidelines leave no stone unturned upon its implementation.
They mentioned among others President Cyril Ramaphosa, Fikile Mbalula, Gwede Mantashe, Pravin Gordhan, Senzo Mchunu, Zizi Kodwa and many others implicated in corruption to step aside and clear their names.
Cyril Ramaphosa and NEC members alleged to have lied to parliament under oath about CR17 donors, political interference in Eskom operations, capture the state through his role as the chairman of optimum," read one of the placards.
The group were singing and chanting slogans.
Thursday is the deadline for the ANC's nine provincials secretaries to submit their lists of names of members charged with corruption to secretary-general Ace Magashule.