Ace’s antics are the last kicks of a dying horse
The little support he has is fast diminishing, clearing the way for Ramaphosa to enact his reform agenda
The shenanigans that have convulsed the ANC after the suspension of the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, have many South Africans worrying the country will be plunged into instability. The anxiety was worsened when several voice notes were shared on social media, with supporters of former president Jacob Zuma being called to assemble in Nkandla, allegedly to “protect” him from imminent arrest.
Rest your minds. Nothing of the sort will happen. These hysterical actions by the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction of the ANC — and the stars of the state capture project — are what many of us predicted would happen as the days of their reckoning finally arrive.
Those days are here. Magashule, who likes to hide behind what the ANC branches or delegates said at the last party conference in 2017, now has to do exactly what those delegates said at Nasrec. For months the issue of stepping down if charged with serious crimes has been discussed in the party. Forty days ago Magashule asked for an extra 30 days before he left. Then he asked to consult Thabo Mbeki, Zuma, Mathews Phosa and Kgalema Motlanthe. We knew what Motlanthe, Phosa and Mbeki would tell him: comply. Yet in an extraordinary feat of political contortionism, he managed to find a way to avoid doing the right thing. In desperation, the party bigwigs wrote him a letter asking him to stay at home. He replied by sending his own letter, suspending President Cyril Ramaphosa...