EDITORIAL | ANC’s indifference makes all the difference, thus Ace’s defiance
The blame for Magashule’s self-serving statements lies squarely on the ruling party
We shouldn’t be surprised by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule’s impassioned defence of former president Jacob Zuma this week. We shouldn’t be surprised by the brazenness and audacity of his self-serving statements – and neither should the ANC. The ruling party has created this problem by burying its head deep in the sand.
The ANC’s integrity commission in December already recommended that Magashule step down pending the outcome of his corruption trial. And, it added, if he resisted, the ANC should consider suspending him. The integrity commission said the national executive committee must implement the ANC’s resolution that those facing formal corruption charges step aside.
We are now in February and Magashule is swanning around the country, using a visit to the home of the late anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Rebecca Kotane as a platform to defend his state capture-accused comrade. “Just leave comrade Zuma alone,” he said. “President Zuma is a South African. He has his own rights.” This as Zuma declared he would rather go to jail than abide by a ruling of the highest court forcing him to participate in the state capture inquiry. ..