Ace Magashule, the former secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), says he is ‘fine’ after the party announced his expulsion on Monday.
Magashule said that he learned of his expulsion from the party through the media after being found guilty of bringing it into disrepute.
After finding that he had violated the ANC’s constitution, the disciplinary committee gave Magashule seven days to make representations on why he should not be shown the door and thrown out of the party.
The former secretary-general was in hot water after attempting to suspend party president Cyril Ramaphosa and then failing to apologise to him after being told to.
“I am still feeling like a tennis ball, jumping and running like a cheetah. I am not deterred by anything.”
Magashule stated that he would respond to his expulsion the following week.
According to political expert Ralph Mathekga, the ANC’s move, while expected, may not bode well for the already divided party.
“It doesn’t help the situation within the party given the depths of divisions. When a member is being expelled from a party that cannot point to unity.
“It creates an environment of mistrust which I think is the predominant atmosphere in the ANC currently.”
This latest development comes after Ramaphosa signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigative Unit to investigate charges of maladministration in the Free State premier’s office during Magashule’s term.