ANC to probe Magashule, Yengeni, Niehaus

SOUTH Africa’s governing African National Congress said it will look into the behaviour of its already suspended general secretary, Ace Magashule after he and two other party members aimed veiled insults at ANC leaders last week.

Tony Yengeni, a member of the ANC national executive committee and veteran Carl Niehaus are also being probed. The trio could be hauled before the ANC’s disciplinary committee for behaviour described by the part as “unbecoming, divisive and defiant.”

Magashule, the administrative head of the ANC, making him one country’s most powerful politicians, was forced to step down from his post earlier in May over charges of corruption. He has challenged the suspension in court.

The ANC said it was investigating possible breaches of conduct by Magashule, Yengeni and Niehaus after remarks he made last week following a court appearance by former President Jacob Zuma, to whom he is close.

The party’s National Working Committee said it “condemned the unbecoming, divisive and defiant behaviour” of Magashule and was investigating “these breaches of discipline” in line with the ANC’s constitution and code of conduct.

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Magashule is seen as a leading political rival of President Cyril Ramaphosa, and his sidelining represents a big win for the reformist grouping in the party. Ramaphosa narrowly clinched control of the ANC in 2018 on a promise to root out corruption that critics said was rampant during Zuma’s rule.

Magashule faces fraud and corruption charges over a contract to audit homes with asbestos roofs when he was premier of the Free State province. He has denied the charges, calling the case flimsy. He was granted bail in November. – Thomson Reuters Foundation and African Mirror Reporter.

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