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Did Derek Hanekom just take aim at Ace Magashule?

27 Jan 2020, 22:10 GMT+10

ANC national executive committee member Derek Hanekom has seemingly taken aim at party secretary general Ace Magashule over comments the former Free State premier made during an event in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.

Magashule, speaking at an event in Port Shepstone on Sunday to mark the ANC's 108th birthday, warned the party's leaders against making comments which went against the organisation's resolutions.

Many of the party members and officials who attended the gathering interpreted Magashule's comments as a message to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, who recently posted messages to Twitter stating that, in his opinion, the party's resolution on nationalising the South African Reserve Bank was "wrong".

Luthuli House, whose day-to-day operations are guided by Magashule, released a statement warning Mboweni to adhere to the adopted party policy positions.

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Replying to an SAfm News tweet relaying Magashule's comments about members speaking out of turn, Hanekom said, "That's fine", before going on to list several transgressions which should "equally" be dealt with "harshly".

Magashule has, at one time or another, been accused of the actions listed in Hanekom's tweet.

The ANC secretary general is linked to claims of state capture, receiving money from the Gupta family and illegally ordering the granting of tenders in the hard-hitting book written by investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh.

In 2018, the DA's Patricia Kopane accused Magashule of nepotism, claiming his daughter was set to benefit from a R150m Free State housing tender awarded to a Chinese company.

Magashule had not replied to Hanekom's comments by the time of publication.

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