A spokesperson for the provincial national law enforcement agency (NPA), Monica Nyuswa, told the Star on Monday that the Mpumalanga ANC leader was charged with several counts of rape, who was arrested for allegedly raping his eight-year-old twin daughters and his 26-year-old stepson.
His close ally and friend in the party's so-called Zuma faction, Mahumapelo, an ANC lawmaker and former prime minister of the northwest, announced that he would appeal his five-year suspension from the Interim Provincial Committee of the Northwest ANC (IPC). He and the provincial secretary of the ANC women's league, Bitsa Lekonyane, were found guilty of misconduct for sowing division in the party.
A member of the provincial faction that took the ANC to court, requesting to be anonymous, said they were satisfied with the development as it allowed for a fair run-up to the provincial conference.
The ANC in Mpumalanga argued that members prosecuted should be required to resign from party activities and that it is up to the National Executive Committee to formulate party policies that allow members to participate in party activities until the issue is resolved.
This has been supported by the stance of some die-hard Zuma supporters, such as MpuMalanga provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali and the Fezile Dabi region of the Free State, who have demanded that not only Magashule itself but all six leaders step down.
JOHANNESBURG - Ace Magashule, General Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), who met with former President Jacob Zuma in the Mpumalanga Party, said the party in MpuMalanga had submitted members whose names would be affected by the tightened resolution. Rowed back after an outcry not only from the public but also from ANC officials in Luthuli House.
Last week, Magashule sent a letter to all ANC provincial secretaries calling them to nominate persons involved in corruption to the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) and asking them to name people accused of corruption.
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashula's failure to resign as instructed threw a spanner in the works as the Luthuli House grappled with whether to indict him and appeal sanctions against him. On Sunday, the Sunday Times reported that Magashul's attempt to evade action was in line with the decision of the ANC executive committee (NEC) to have those accused of crimes resign from their posts.
She called on party members not to besmirch each other for factional purposes. The National Working Committee of the ANCs (NWC) stated that its letter was in line with the resolution of the National Executive Committee of the ANCs (NEC) that those accused of criminalisation.
NEC Magashule defended the letter and said it was in line with a conference resolution passed by the NASREC. On Friday, Ntshalintshalis defended himself and Mashilo in a speech to ANC volunteers, saying the allegations of misconduct by the ANC and its own committees would be treated as such and not through the media.
Magashule will meet two other former leaders on his way out of the ANC. Ngwenya, Ntshalintshali and Ndlovu had not responded to calls from the ANC at the time of publication.
After an interview given earlier this week by the party's deputy general secretary Jessie Duarte, she appeared critical of Magashule, saying that it was her supporters who leaked an audio recording of her meeting with the six leaders and said that former president Jacob Zuma should not testify before the Zondo Commission.
Ntshalintshali was Vice President David Mabuza's hand-picked successor as Prime Minister, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, as well as the head of the ANC provincial secretary; he was Ngwenya's head of government as Prime Minister of Mpumalanga, where he also served as his MEC.
His municipality of Emalahleni was mayor from August 2015 until the beginning of 2018 when he gave up his job to concentrate as acting secretary at the party headquarters in Mbombela, where the ANC conference elected provincial chairman David Mabuza as deputy president and vice-chair Violet Siwela as party leader on December 18, 2017, leaving two vacant posts in the province's top five.
Mpumalanga’s prime minister, Refilwe Mtsweni Tsipras, his hopes of becoming ANC Provincial Leader a blow were dealt this week when his main lobbyist and suspended ANC leader, Ngrayi Ngwenya, was charged with stabbing a female party member last year in court.
Ntshalintshali returned to the office of mayor of Emalahleni after the municipal elections in August 2016, after the ANC had been declared the winner of the elections  and served until March 2018, when he resigned  to concentrate on the ANC provincial headquarters in Mbombela as acting secretary  , after David Mabuza, the chairman of the ANC, had been elected deputy party chairman and Violet Siwela as deputy chairman, were elected as members of the national executive committee, forcing provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu to come in and serve as provisional provincial chairwoman, with Ntsalintshli assuming the role of provisional provincial secretary.
In the recording, Mumbalanga's sports and leisure MEC, Lindiwe Nts Haltshali, discussed how the government was handling attempts to discredit him at the ANC's election conference in the province, he told SABC.
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