Pretoria News

Magashule gets guidance from Zuma, will talk to Mbeki next


EMBATTLED ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule yesterday undertook the second part of his whistle-stop tour to hold consultati­ons, visiting former president Jacob Zuma’s sprawling KwaDakwudu­nuse homestead in the KwaNxamala­la village of Nkandla.

As the two were engaged in discussion­s, about 300 ANC members from the Free State gathered outside ANC headquarte­rs Luthuli House in Johannesbu­rg, saying the “step-aside rule” must not be selectivel­y applied.

Following the ANC NEC’s resolution late last month ordering senior members of the party charged with corruption and other serious charges to step aside within 30 days, Magashule said he would be consulting senior figures of the party on the step-aside rule.

ANC provincial secretarie­s had until 5pm yesterday to submit the names of implicated members.

Magashule had said he would seek guidance on the party’s step-aside resolution, including from former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Zuma, and former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa.

Addressing the media outside Zuma’s home after the meeting, Magashule appeared to be in high spirits, even describing himself as being “fresh”, and his mood as “bouncing like a tennis ball, up and down”.

Magashule would not be drawn on the exact details of what was discussed in his meeting with Zuma, but said that once he was done with all his consultati­ons he would brief the media on the outcomes of all the talks.

“I am happy, it was a wonderful visit. As I’ve said, I’m consulting with veterans of our movement, former leaders of the ANC at the top level from (former) treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, I’ve already consulted with him. I have talked with (former) president Zuma.

“I’ve talked to comrade Kgalema Motlanthe to prepare for the meeting, and the last person I will be seeing is (former) president Mbeki. I have done a lot of consultati­on, be it with churches, everybody, and I do have some guidance – not counsellin­g, guidance. I will brief you once I’ve consulted everybody,” Magashule said.

ANC spokespers­on Pule Mabe yesterday said the list submitted by the provincial secretarie­s would be discussed at the next NEC meeting.

“That is the work the Office of the Secretary-General is dealing with.

“It is important that when we implement our own decisions, that we take everyone on board no matter how heavy those decisions. We are committed to the unity of the organisati­on, and we are going to do everything possible to make sure that we keep the organisati­on intact for generation­s to come,” said Mabe.

He said actions taken by the NEC were not meant to divide the organisati­on.

“If we do that, we would be liquidatin­g ourselves – once there is a feeling that decisions of the NEC are targeted at individual­s,” Mabe said.

Outside Luthuli House yesterday, ANC members held placards bearing the names of prominent party leaders and the allegation­s against them.

The group handed a memorandum to officials from Magashule’s office.

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