Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has written a letter to party President Cyril Ramaphosa, in which he claims to be suspending him.

This is playing out as the National Working Committee of the ANC reaffirmed an NEC resolution on the step-aside issue on Tuesday, ordering that individuals within the governing party who have been criminally charged, be issued with suspension letters, if they don’t step aside voluntarily.

Earlier in the day, the ANC temporarily suspended the membership of Magashule, prohibiting him, among others things, from making any public pronouncements.

Magashule faces fraud, corruption and money laundering charges related to a failed multi-million rand asbestos project dating back to his tenure as Free State premier.

The working committee decided that those who do not step aside within the 30 days period would be suspended.