Suspended ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule has suspended president Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the party adding that he will appeal his“fatally flawed” suspension.
Magashule had this week been temporarily suspended after refusing to step aside until the outcome of court proceedings in his corruption, fraud and money laundering case.
Magashule described his suspension from party activities as “fatally flawed” and also questioned his deputy’s authority to issue him with such a letter.
He was served with a letter on Wednesday following a national working committee (NWC) meeting on Monday.
A defiant Magashule, however, issued his statement in his capacity as the secretary-general of the ANC through a Gmail account saying deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte had no authority to issue him with a suspension letter.
He also said he was using his powers as secretary-general to “summarily” suspend Ramaphosa “in full compliance with the relevant conference resolutions.” He said:
_This is done in terms of Resolution 8.2 of the 54th National Conference, which states that, “… Every cadre accused of, or reported to be involved in, corrupt practices accounts to the Integrity Committee immediately, or faces DC processes….,and Resolution 8.3 that further provides for the suspension of, “… people who fail to give an acceptable explanation, or to voluntarily step down while they face disciplinary, investigative or prosecutorial procedures._
_I call on all members of the ANC to act with revolutionary dignity and respect, and to uphold the ANC Constitution. None of us should bow to illegal and unconstitutional actions. In doing so we must protect the unity of the ANC as leader of society…_
_Furthermore these letters are based on a selective and factional interpretation of the relevant resolution._
_I herewith announce that I am immediately, and formally, appealing this unconstitutional suspension. In terms of the ANC Constitution, my suspension is thus wholly suspended, until my appeal has been heard, and it’s final outcome announced._
_For the sake of fairness and justice to all the affected comrades, who have received similarly unconstitutional letters, I as Secretary General – who is duty bound to uphold the ANC Constitution and all administrative processes – urge them to also follow the appropriate internal appeal processes._
Other party members who have been suspended include former North West Premier Super Mahumapelo, who is understood to be a close ally of Magashule.