South Africa: Just How Powerful (Really) Is Ace Magashule?

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One man seems to be in the centre of all the ANC's internal power struggles: Ace Magashule, the party's secretary-general. It's a pivotal position, and while he holds significant political power, there are limits to it. The true measure of that power could be critical for the future of the ANC and South Africa.

There can be no doubt that ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has become, for some, the very symbol of the problems we face. Apart from government corruption, he is also blamed for the lack of progress towards reform and the wider problems in our society. To many, his main crime has been to frustrate the aims of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This is compounded by his constant refrain that there is nothing wrong, nothing illegal, with family members winning Covid-19 procurement contracts when their parents and siblings are ANC leaders. This includes his two sons, who both won contracts from the Free State provincial government despite having no track-record in providing PPE. And he is wrong on the law.

Ace Magashule claims nothing in law stops politicians' families from doing business with government: Not so fast, SG

At the weekend News24 reported that one of his sons, Tshepiso...

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