The fact that Zandile Gumede faces corruption allegations dating back to her time as mayor of eThekwini has had no effect on her election to the office.
South Africa's Mandla Msibi, the newly elected provincial treasurer of Mpumalanga province, faces the same difficulty because he is currently facing criminal charges.
They were elected by their followers despite the fact that they were facing criminal accusations, but it is up to the ANC to decide whether or not to let them continue in office.
Persons who are outraged by the new amendments to the step aside standards to prevent those facing criminal charges from being nominated or elected to positions of leadership perceive it as a drive to crack down on RET heavyweights.
According to rumours, the ANC's elective conference in December will not include suspended secretary general Ace Magashule, who his supporters claim would be present and whom they intend to nominate and elect for the role of ANC president.
There is a bitter pill in the mouths of the RET forces after the step aside criteria were nominated, who allege that Cyril Ramaphosa is seeking to cleanse them from the movement.
Retired ANC member and proponent of RET, Tony Yengeni, recently revealed that even former ANC members who defected to join Congress of the People (COPE) are now returning to ANC and are even at the forefront of pushing for some ANC comrades to step aside.
They've said they won't accept this alteration to the guidelines laid down in KwaZulu-Natal province. Some are saying that if Cyril Ramaphosa continues to cleanse RET comrades, he'll regret it for the rest of his life.'
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