Magashule arrest could strengthen moves to oust Ramaphosa, warns analysts

South Africa

Johannesburg – According to media reports, it is understood that the African National Congress (ANC)’s top six members met on Tuesday to discuss the warrant of arrest issued against secretary-general Ace Magashule.

Magashule is facing allegations related to a controversial multi-million rand asbestos contract in the Free State during his time as premier.

It’s unclear whether he’ll step aside while the corruption case against his proceeds.

Magashule is set to appear in a Bloemfontein court on Friday.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga believes that the ANC is more divided now than under President Jacob Zuma.

Mathekga warns that Magashule and his supporters will do anything possible to disrupt the probe into corruption allegations against the secretary-general.

“This will certainly go into the ANC’s elective conference but it will not gain the same traction as was the case under Zuma. ANC members are also becoming wiser.”

The MKMVA’s Carl Niehaus said their members were angry about the warrant of arrest and would be at court on Friday to support Magashule.

“We also express our fear that the warrant of arrest can be seen as selective targeting of certain political individuals.”

The ANC said it would be monitoring developments closely, with some analysts warning that the warrant could strengthen attempts to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa and close the curtains of his so-called new dawn.

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