Ace Magashule suspended by ANC
Ace Magashule, the secretary general of South Africa's ruling African National Congress addresses University students during a protest outside Luthuli house, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has served its Secretary General, Ace Magashule, with a suspension letter, Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday.

Magashule faces corruption charges. The party said on Tuesday that one of its committees had reaffirmed that all members charged with corruption or other serious crimes must vacate their posts within 30 days or face suspension.

ANC spokesman Pule Mabe had no immmediate comment when contacted by Reuters.

DA Leader John Steenhuisen said: “Suspending #AceMagashule from the ANC is not enough, Ramaphosa and the ANC must hand over all compelling evidence at their disposal to law enforcement agencies for Ace’s corrupt dealings and ensure that he is put behind bars. Free State residents deserve justice.”

(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Wendell Roelf; editing by John Stonestreet/Reuters and Jenni Baxter/SAPeople)

UPDATE: Ace Magashule has suspended Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the ANC