Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been blocked from visiting and taking part in one of the party’s branch activities that coincides with its 110th birthday celebrations in Musina, Limpopo, on Friday.
Magashule was invited to be a guest speaker in ward 8 for the Sumbandila branch in Musina. However, the party instructed the branch to suspend the event, saying that Magashule was not allowed to take part in party activities because he was on suspension.
The regional secretary of the ANC in Vhembe, Rudzani Ludere, wrote an email disapproving of Magashule’s visit, and sent it to the branch chairperson and event organiser, Fistos Mafela.
He copied in provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane and deputy secretary-general Basikop Makamu.
In an email, which City Press has seen, Ludere reprimanded the branch leadership for organising the activities and also inviting Magashule to take part, arguing that it was against the party’s policy.
“Your activity is inconsistent with the prescripts of the constitution of the ANC as adopted in the 54th national congress, in particular rule 25,” read the email.
“Based on the decision of the national executive committee [NEC], your branch is directed to suspend the visit of comrade Ace Magashule scheduled for January 7,” said Ludere in the email.
On Thursday, NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane told the media that the party was unaware of any events involving Magashule.
Mafela confirmed to City Press that they were forced to cancel Magashule’s visit.
He said:We postponed the event because we were instructed to suspend it by the ANC. We had no choice because we are disciplined members of the organisation,
Mafela said he received the email at about 10pm on Thursday. He said they then got in touch with Magashule, who hadn’t yet arrived in Musina.
Magashule was suspended from the party in May after he was charged with fraud and money laundering.
The party’s NEC asked him to step aside until he had cleared his name, but he refused, forcing the party to suspend him from all activities.
Magashule could not be reached for comment.