The ANC has expelled its former secretary General Ace Magashule, the party announced on Monday.

The party confirmed that its national disciplinary committee [NDC] met to deliberate on charges preferred against Magashule and found him guilty of contravening ANC rules and its constitution.

This comes after Magashule failed to make any representations to the NDC. He also missed Friday’s deadline to explain, why he shouldn’t be expelled from the party.

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“After a guilty verdict by the NDC, comrade Ace Magashule was allowed to show cause why he should not be expelled from the ANC. Upon the lapse of seven days, the NDC had not received any representations to that effect,” ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri said in a statement.

“Consequently, the NDC confirmed the expulsion of comrade Ace Magashule from the ANC as a final sanction.”

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Magashule is also found guilty on two counts of misconduct and contravening the party’s Constitution. In 2021, Magashule wrote a letter of suspension to the party president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ace Magashule expelled from the ANC
Ace Magashule expelled from the ANC


At the time, Magashule himself was also suspended in the midst of a corruption trial in the Free State. Magashule is also accused of suspending Ramaphosa without consulting the necessary party structures. His refusal to apologise for suspending President Ramaphosa also leaves him in the political wilderness. The NDC has now decided the fate of the former Free State Premier.

Magashule had initially told the SABC that the explanation reports rubbish and were fake. On Monday, Magashule told IOL after his expalsion was announced that he was unbothered.

“I’m fine, I saw breaking news on social media and television. I’m OK, I’m not perturbed,” he said.