Although ANC's step aside guidelines saw several comrades including secretary general Ace Magashule forced to step out of office, there are other comrades who didn't step aside and are set to contest for top positions ahead of the party's elective conference.
Political analyst and senior lecturer at the university of Limpopo Lufuno Nevondwe said corruption accused comrades in relation to the VBS scandal Florence Radzilani and Danny Msiza are members in good standing and therefore stand a fair chance of being re-elected to office regardless of the VBS-related allegations leveled against them.
His utterances comes as some ANC members have reportedly already started campaigning for Radzilani to be re-elected as the ANC deputy provincial chairperson and Danny Msiza to elected as the provincial secretary of the party.
Lufuno Nevondwe says in terms of the law, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and so far, none of the two has been proven guilty in a court of law. He adds that Radzilani did not step aside from her ANC position because there was no legal case against her, while Msiza stepped aside because his matter is before the courts.
The ANC step aside guidelines however seem to have favoured some comrades, while being used to punish other comrades. For ANC leaders like Ace Magashule, the concept of innocent until proven guilty was thrown out of the window when he was suspended from his position.
His case has been dragging with allegations that the National Prosecuting Authority is failing to produce a witness to testify against Ace Magashule. If his matter is not resolved before ANC national conference scheduled for December, it means he won't be able to contest on any position as he would be bound by the step aside guidelines.
This alleged selective implementation of the step aside guidelines is the reason why some comrades want the resolutions to be reviewed at the national conference.
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