Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has until the end of business on Friday to publicly apologise to ANC structures for sending a letter of suspension to party President Cyril Ramaphosa or face further action.

Earlier this week, the ANC said it would further discipline Magashule if he did not apologise for trying to retaliate against Ramaphosa for his suspension.

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Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule ordered to apologise to party structures:

Last week, after being suspended for failing to step aside in line with the National Executive Committee (NEC) resolution, that members facing criminal charges must volunteer to step-aside or face suspension, Magashule instead issued a suspension letter to the President.

Magashule issued the letter without any mandate and authorisation of the NEC or the National Working Committee (NWC).

Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule suspends ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa:

Magashule has been suspended for refusing to step aside in accordance with an ANC resolution. The step-aside resolution stipulates that party members who are charged with serious crimes including corruption should step aside until their court cases are finalised.

Magashule is charged with corruption, fraud and money laundering related to a failed multi-million-rand asbestos project when he was premier of the Free State.

On Tuesday, ANC Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte said this apology is important as it will bring stability to the organisation.

Not clear if Magashule will apologise

On Monday, Political analyst, Ongama Mtimka, said it remains to be seen whether Magashule will apologise.

Mtika said the ANC could have taken Magashule to a disciplinary hearing instead of demanding an apology.

“I think it is part of the real politics. They could have easily taken him to the DC without demanding an apology, but I think part of the real politics is to have him issue that apology because that has got more power and also, it is so that they’re being seen to be creating space for him to make right on the wrongs that he has done.”

Deadline looms for Ace Magashule’s apology: