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Zuma's RET Bigwigs Pressured To Step Aside Or Resign From ANC Posts


A dark cloud hangs over staunch ally of former president Jacob Zuma, Zandile Gumede who got elected as eThekwini regional chairperson recently.

Zandile Gumede was elected for the position regardless that she is facing corruption charges dating from when she was eThekwini mayor.

ANC's National Working Committee will hold a meeting on Monday on whether the party's eThekwini chairperson, Zandile Gumede will keep her job following the amendment of the party's step aside guidelines.

In Mpumalanga, Mandla Msibi who got elected as provincial treasurer is also facing the same challenge as he has criminal charges before the courts.

While these two leaders were elected by their supporters even with criminal charges hanging over their heads, the ANC will decide their fate on whether they should hold on to their positions or they will have to step aside or resign.

The step aside guidelines which were recently amended to dissuade those facing criminal charges from being nominated or elected into positions of power is described by those appalled as a move to clamp down on RET heavyweights.

This amendment was also rumoured to be a move to shut the door for suspended secretary general, Ace Magashule whom his supporters had argued that he will be attending the ANC's elective conference in December, and were planning to nominate and elect for position of ANC presidency.

After the step aside guidelines were nominated, this left a bitter pill in the mouths of RET forces who claim Cyril Ramaphosa is out to purge them out of the movement.

Recently, ANC veteran, and RET champion, Tony Yengeni revealed that even comrades who had abandoned ANC to go and form Congress of the People (COPE) are now back in the party, and are even at the forefront calling for some comrades to step aside.

RET comrades in Kwa-Zulu Natal province, have however vowed not to take this amendment of step aside guidelines laying down. Some are suggesting that if Cyril Ramaphosa continue to purge RET comrades, he will live to regret it.

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