The African National Congress (ANC) has issued an instruction for members of the party who refuse to step aside to be suspended.
This comes after a meeting held on Monday in which lists were collated from different provinces and prepared this coming weekends National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
Among the key people who will be affected by the decision includes Ace Magashule, former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, KZN deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu and several others.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said that the NWC has reaffirmed the decision of the NEC held from 26-29 March 2021 that all members who have been charged with corruption or other serioua crimes must step aside within 30 days, failing which should be suspended.
“Where a public representative, office-bearer or member has been indicted to appear in a court of law on any charge, the Secretary General or Provincial Secretary, acting on the authority of the NEC, the NWC, the PEC or the PWC, if satisfied that the temporary suspension of such public representative, office-bearer or member would be in the best interest of the organisation, may suspend such public representative, elected office-bearer or member and impose terms and conditions to regulate their participation and conduct during the suspension,” said Mabe.
Mabe said the affected members must update relevant secretariat monthly. “The affected member must update the relevant secretariat on a monthly basis regarding progress with their case. The decision by a member to step aside will be reviewed by the relevant structure of the organisation every six months,” said Mabe.
“The NWC instructed that the necessary letters must be written to the affected members implementing this decision, and outlining the terms and conditions regulating their participation and conduct during the suspension,” said Mabe.
He also confirmed that the top leadership of the ANC is considering the proposal for the establishment of an appeals committee to handle all related matters regarding the step aside policy.