After a report from the Integrity Commission on Ace Magashule was leaked to the public, the Secretary General’s allies in the party are angered over what they believe was an intentional move to influence the party’s outcomes on Magashule’s case.
Magashule met with the Integrity Commission on Saturday, shortly after his appearance in court in Bloemfontein, where he faces criminal charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering charges – for which he is currently out on bail. It has been reported, in the wake of that meeting, that George Mashamaba, the commission’s chair, directly emailed the report to the national executive committee members and the document has since been released to the public. Both the leaking of the report, as well as its contents have upset several of Magashule’s most prominent allies within the ANC. Peace and security chair Tony Yengeni, who brought the issue to light, called the leak an extraordinary precedence.
Kebby Maphatsoe also question the quick turnaround of the Integrity Commission report on Magashule, suggesting that the outcome had been determined before the meeting had even begun,.
Meanwhile, Karl Nihaus – also one of Magashule’s allies – released a statement, saying that the report was leaked with the intention of further fractioning the ANC and to force the party as a whole to deal with Magashule.
“It is not only disingenuous, it is in fact totally uncomradely to behave this way. It indicates a factional approach,” Niehaus said, according to EWN.
Meanwhile, Mashamba has refused to discuss the claims, asking party members to take the issue up with him formally if they have any issues with the proceedings.