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Vol 61 No 25

Published 17th December 2020

South Africa

Ace shuffles the deck again

The balance in the ANC’s factional war has turned decisively in the President’s favour, leaving the Secretary-General few options

President Cyril Ramaphosa has scored in the ongoing battle against the faction bent on unseating him with this week's decision by the African National Congress's Integrity Commission that party Secretary-General Ace Magashule must step down with immediate effect or be suspended. Magashule defiantly rebuffed the move, however, telling local online news service Scrolla.com, 'I was elected by the branches of the ANC and they're the only ones who can remove me. Those who want me to go must forget about it.' This contrasts with his earlier promise to the commission that he would never resist the decision of the National Executive Committee, even if he might not agree with it.

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