Durban – Mike Mabuyakhulu, vice-chairman of ANC KwaZulu-Natal – which faces fraud and corruption charges – became the first top provincial leader to announce he was stepping down in accordance with the committee’s decision National Executive (NEC) of the party.
In a letter to Secretary General Ace Magashule dated April 22, 2021, Mabuyakhulu said that as a disciplined member of the ANC, he respects the idea that no individual is bigger than the party and that all members should abide by its decisions.
“In accordance with the position adopted by our movement, I respectfully offer to the Office of the Provincial Secretary that I step down from my post as Provincial Vice President of the ANC in KwaZulu Natal, with immediate effect,” Mabuyakhulu said.
He also added that the decision to step down had not been difficult as he had done in the past when called upon to do so.
“I must indicate that it was not difficult for me to come to this decision, because I have already done it. I would have liked to table this letter much earlier than now, but I had learned that there was a supposedly pending meeting of national officials with provincial officials, a meeting which was to bring more clarity and guidance to those who are affected. by side step resolution.
KZN ANC spokesman Nhlakanipho Ntombela on Wednesday confirmed that Mabuyakhulu wrote the letter to the ANC secretary general two weeks ago.
“As a province, we will receive the full report next Monday after the NEC meeting this weekend, which will deal with all these issues,” Ntombela said.
He said that although they are aware of the letter sent by Mabuyakhulu to the NEC and the office of the secretary general, the letter was not sent to the provincial executive committee of the KZN ANC.
“He submitted the letter about two weeks ago, he didn’t wait for the NEC deadline. Mabuyakhulu wrote the letter during the period set up by the NEC, ”Ntombela said.
Mabuyakhulu’s decision comes as the deadline for those involved in corruption charges in the courts has passed.
Mabuyakhulu is accused of receiving 300,000 Rand in bribes from organizers of the North Sea Jazz Festival, during his tenure as economic development of KZN MEC, after allegedly authorizing the payment of 28 million Rand to companies and individuals for the festival that never took place in 2012.
Magashule was not available for comment. He said he was involved in a meeting.
Meanwhile, it’s do or die for Magashule following the ANC decision on Wednesday to suspend him and other members facing criminal charges, in a clear execution of the NEC party’s decision in March.
He now faces the option of complying with the ANC’s ruling or challenging it in court, as the party has not given him and others a chance to appeal.
Other affected ANC leaders include former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo; former mayor of eThekwini municipality Zandile Gumede, treasurer of Limpopo ANC Danny Msiza; former Mangaung Metro mayor Olly Mlamleli, as well as councilors in various municipalities across the country.
The ANC’s decision came as Bongo appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, charged with fraud and corruption in the amount of Rand 74 million.
Announcing the party’s decision yesterday, ANC national spokesman Pule Mabe said the national working committee reaffirmed the NEC’s decision that all members accused of corruption or other serious crimes should report withdraw within 30 days, otherwise they would be suspended. , in accordance with rule 25.70 of the constitution of the ANC.