South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday warned against attempts to isolate its secretary general Ace Magashule embroiled in a series of corruption scandals.
The ANC “rejects, with the contempt it deserves,” a recent survey which cast imaginary doubt on Magshule’s abilities, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said.
The South African Citizens Survey (SACS), conducted by research company Citizen Surveys and published on Wednesday, measured the popularity of politicians among South Africans. Among ANC top leaders, Magashule has the lowest favourability which declined from 16 percent in June to a mere 11 percent in July.
Mabe called the survey “a notorious ploy to cast leaders they dislike in a negative light.”
“The research appears to have some ulterior motives of lending credence to a known agenda of abusing experimentation for sheer academic credence and peddling of lies with divisive intentions,” said Mabe.
This research, he said, is nothing but an insult to the intelligence of all peace-loving South Africans who despise hatred and embrace love for each other regardless of gender, race, creed and ideology.
“A study on ‘hate’ for others cannot be part of the South Africa we all want,” he said.
Mabe urged South Africans to unite and expose such formations hellbent on tarnishing the “good image of our individual leaders.”
The ANC, founded on the values of humanlity, will work tirelessly to pursue this virtue for the good of all without fail, Mabe said.
Magashule is part of the ANC leadership collective elected at the party’s 54th National Congress in 2018 and not in any popularity contest, said Mabe.
“Our renewal and unity project demands that we all stay vigilant against wedge-drivers,” he said.
Magashule, who made headlines for the past few months, has been accused of using undemocratic means to stay in power in the Free State where he served as provincial ANC chairperson and premier. He has also been accused of controlling how tenders and contracts were dished out and of demanding a 10-percent cut from those contracts.
Magashule has refuted the accusations, insisting that he was “credible” and “not corrupt.” Enditem