December 12, 2018

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ANC branches will decide my fate, says Ace

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Branches will decide: ANC provincial chairperson Ace Magashule

Branches will decide: ANC provincial chairperson Ace Magashule

The ANC’s longest serving provincial chairperson, Ace Magashule says he will continue to honour the wishes of the ruling party’s branches should they require him to retain his positon as leader.

With the provincial conference scheduled to take place in August this year, the veteran leader who still enjoys support of ANC branch members in the province, is tipped to retain his influential post.

Speaking to The Weekly on Monday this week, Magashule said the decision on whether he should continue as provincial chair or not was not up to him but ANC branches.

“It’s not up to me to decide…leadership of the ANC decides who should lead them or who should not. I cannot impose myself on members of the organisation. They will decided, they always decide,” he pointed out.

He added that should he be requested to lead once again by the province, he would still go back to his branch and consult with members there before making a decision as he considered consultation important.

Magashule reiterated that it was imperative that members not be pre-occupied with conferences at the moment but focus on building the ANC which he said was under attack from external forces that wish to see its demise.

The ANC Youth League’s provincial chairperson elected unopposed during last week’s conference in Thabo Mofutsanyana, Makalo Mohale, said they had resolved to back Magashule to retain his position as provincial chair.

“There’s no question in the world that he is one of the tried and tested leaders of the ANC who is still more than capable to lead the organisation,” said Mohale.

Magashule has been ANC Free State provincial chairperson since 1991.

Mohale said once succession debates have been opened as the crucial national ANC national elective conference in December inches closer, the youth league would lobby support for Magashule to become the party’s secretary general and for Nkosazana Dhlamini Zuma to become president.

“We’ve taken a resolution to lobby for Ace Magashule and Nkosazana Dhlamini Zuma when the time arises,” a confident Mohale added.

Dhlamini Zuma was keynote speaker at an ANC cadres’ meeting in Sasolburg last month in what some people said was an endorsement of her as a presidential hopeful by the ANC Free State, but Magashule rubbished this when asked about the matter.

“We’ve made it very clear that as the ANC in the province we’re not going to be drawn into that space because it has been made abundantly clear that once that process is opened as the ANC in the Free State we will make our pronouncement and lobby for those individuals we would have agreed upon as province, not a day earlier,” he blatantly stated.

“The organisation is faced with serious challenges that we need to correct and therefore it’s important that we all focus our energy on soliciting solutions for current problems and not be preoccupied by things that are far from us,” the provincial chair added.

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