Victory for Ramaphosa and allies as ANC NEC pushes to strengthen the step-aside rule

It’s a victory for President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies, who have been pushing for the renewal of the ANC by removing those in the party who have been criminally charged by the court of law. The ANC national executive committee has decided that those who have been criminally charged cannot contest for leadership positions.

The decision taken at the two days conference could have implications for the newly elected eThekwini chairperson Zandile Gumede, Themba Msibi, the provincial treasurer of Mpumalanga, their allies and any other ANC members who have been criminally charged. The party in February 2021 had adopted guidelines and procedures on how the step-aside resolution would be implemented. The aim was to try to clean up the tainted image of the ANC.

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The step-aside rule did not put measures in place which deterred those who have been criminally charged from contesting for positions. This left the party facing a huge challenge as those who were criminally charged decided to join the contest for senior positions and go against the party’s 2017 NEC resolution.

This according to the ANC NEC led to the party “agreeing that any member who had stepped aside voluntarily following an indictment to appear in a court of law or on any charge should not be allowed to stand for a position on the branch, regional, provincial or national executive committees.”

The NEC reiterated that the step-aside rule constituted a very important element in the process of renewal in the organisation which has been tainted by corruption. This decision is a victory for allies of Cyril Ramaphosa.

Source: News24, Mail&Guardian, image from Mail&Guardian of RET members burning a t-shirt of President Cyril Ramaphosa

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