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The ANC, Power Historic Party in South Africa, has suspended its Secretary-General Ace Acehule accused of corruption, a success For President Cyril Ramaphosa, who played big on this file, within a split party.
The Nelson Mandela National Congress (ANC), entangled to the neck in corruption cases for several years, seeks to redo a virginity facing disgraced voters. But the internal supports of Elias wielded, nicknamed "ACE", many, especially among the supporters of former President Jacob Zuma, who drags themselves pans batteries.
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"This is the first sign really strong that the ANC is ready to clean in its ranks. It remains a holy way to go but it is an absolute prerequisite for tackling corruption", s is delighted with AFP David Lewis, Director of the Watch Corruption NGO.
"they (the ANC) seemed pretty determined, but they were also masters in the art of second and third chances," he stressed, echoed the many scalded skeptics fearing that the ANC. Do not go to the end and slips "Ace" under the carpet without confronting it.
"Uncle Cyril", as the nicknamed South Africans because of his bonhomy and his apparent good will, seemed for a long time isolated in this iron arm with the sexagenarian stainless, Secretary General of the ANC since 2017. But its suspension, and the fact that sufficient leaders of the ANC give them downstream to make it possible, is a sweetness for the president who has sworn to end with the scourge of corruption.
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"It's a major political victory for the president," says AFP Aleix Monta, researcher at the Verisk Maplecroft Institute. Ace dismissed, the President will be able to "strengthen his leadership on the party, giving him the necessary political space to implement his reforms".
The setting out of the shop represents "a consolidation of the power of President Ramaphosa within the ANC" in the struggles of current factions, which "harm the governance", between his current and that of "the former President Jacob Zuma and Ace shops on the other hand, "analyzes the Klerk Foundation.
It is also "a victory for the ANC short", affirms the AFP the Politologist Mcebisi Ndletyana, and "the demonstration that when citizens express themselves and are heard, they can move the lines".
- Reign "Gangster" -
The party had given to "Ace", frowning and perpetual folk, shaved skull and strict glasses, 30 days to leave itself.
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But the former boss of the ANC in the province of Free State (Center), accused by an explosive biography entitled "Gangster State" to have reigned itself in mafia, let the deadline pass last week, forcing the party to take responsibility.
his suspension, which was served by a signed letter of his deputy, Jessie Duarte, on behalf of the ANC, took effect on Monday and short until the culmination of his trial, were we learned Wednesday When this letter has led to the media.
A meeting Monday of the party's management "reaffirmed" its decision taken at the end of March to impose on any member pursued criminally "for corruption or other serious crimes" to resign or expose themselves to a suspension.
"You have been charged and summoned to appear before a court for corruption and fraud, flights and whitening," recalls this letter.
Many users pointed out that this suspension did not depart by the person concerned with as much salary, which the letter confirms.
Currently on bail, "ACE" will be judged in August along with about fifteen coaccused, for stolen public money set aside in 2014 to disintegrate social housing, when it was prime minister. Free State.
The work has never occurred: the investigators believe that the equivalent of nearly ten million euros have been pocketed.
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