South Africa: SA ruling party member accused of corruption to face ‘toothless’ committee

A senior member of South Africa’s ruling party accused of corruption as been ordered to face an internal disciplinary committee often described as “toothless” instead of being suspended from his top six position.

The decision of the African National Congress to have secretary general Ace Magashule appear before its integrity commission has led to accusations that the former liberation movement is not serious about fighting corruption within its ranks.

Following widespread allegations of fraud against ANC officials four months ago, relating to the procurement of Covid-19 personal protective equipment, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa promised that party officials accused of serious crimes would be sidelined.

Within days of making this statement in August, Mr Ramaphosa’s stance was backed by the ANC’s 88-member national executive committee.

The original full article can be found at irishtimes.com

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