Limpopo ANC Treasurer Danny Msiza faces suspension

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The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo is likely to suspend its Treasurer, Danny Msiza.

According to a letter that the party’s Acting Secretary-General Jessie Duarte sent to Provincial Secretary Soviet Lekganyane, this would be in line with the party’s resolution on members facing serious criminal charges to step aside or face suspension.

The resolution affects eight other party members in Limpopo.

In the letter dated August 16, Duarte urges the province to implement the step aside resolution without any deviation.

The letter is in response to correspondence by the province written on August 4, enquiring if Msiza would be subjected to the resolution as he had previously stepped aside for two years over the same matter.

Msiza faces racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering charges linked to the looting and collapse of the defunct VBS Mutual Bank.

In the video below, Msiza appears in court over on charges relating to the collapse of the VBS Mutual Bank: 

Step aside policy

Political analyst Lesiba Teffo says the ANC’s step aside resolution is likely to have a devastating impact on the party’s electoral base ahead of local government elections.

Teffo says the implementation of the step-aside resolution will not end factionalism within the party.

Various branches of the ANC have since called for the party to rethink this policy, including the Ekhurhuleni branch in the East Rand.

ANC in Ekhurhuleni raised fears that the policy may plunge the organisation into chaos.

The region also raised concern the resolution will create problems for councillor selection in branch meetings, as outlined in the video below:

In April, the Fezile Dabi region in the Free State said it would interdict the step aside resolution.

Meanwhile, the ANC Mangaung region in the Free State has thrown its weight behind the policy.

The Region’s Deputy Convener, Sabelo Pitso says no one is above the ANC, and urged party members not to allow themselves to be manipulated by forces that are not willing to subject themselves to organisational discipline.

-Additional reporting by SABC News