Claims of Magashule link to ATM rubbished

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Free State ANC Provincial Secretary, Paseka Nompondo, rubbished claims of a probe into former Premier Ace Magashule. PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE

The ANC Provincial Executive Council (PEC) in the Free State expressed that no investigation would be made into allegations that Secretary-General and former Free State Premier Ace Magashule is linked to political party, African Transformation Movement (ATM).

According to ANC Provincial Secretary, Paseka Nompondo, such claims simply aim to alienate Magashule from the party. “We are fully aware of the onslaught and perpetual attack to the person of the SG comrade Ace Magashule and some of his opponents are embarking on a programme to tarnish and discredit him within the ANC. They will be exposed for who they are,” he said.

This comes after the PEC gathered to discuss pressing provincial issues after the General Elections last month.

Recent claims that Magashule played a role in the formation of ATM, a new opposition party, have gone viral. It has also been reported on Tuesday that former President Khalema Motlanthe would lead investigations into the claims.

Nompondo said that the investigation will in fact be made into other people implicated in the formation of the party. “There is no investigation into Ace Magashule. Magashule did not establish ATM and the NEC has resolved not to investigate that. He is not a subject of investigation,” emphasised Nompondo.

“The SG of the ANC is the custodian of the ANC’s programmes and its constitution. He would not be involved in parties which advance contrary programmes to that of the party. The SG has no relationship with the ATM as it was an organisation born out of its own views,” Nompondo elaborated.

ATM won two seats in Parliament after South Africans cast their ballots in the National and Provincial elections last month.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za