It goes without saying that Ace Magashule is a divisive figure, but it now seems to have got to the point where members of his own party don’t want to be associated with him. The ANC secretary-general has dropped himself in more trouble this weekend, after telling citizens to avoid “voting for the white man”.
Ace Magashule’s tough weekend on the campaign trail
Ace made the comments on the campaign trail in the Western Cape, almost immediately after committing another indiscretion: The politician was seen putting R400 in the hands of a woman who showed him her empty fridge – an action that was classed as “vote-buying” by the cynics.
Mike Moriarty is the DA’s provincial liaison to the Independent Electoral Commission. He pointed out that their Code of Conduct “explicitly prohibits the use of a financial inducement to gain a vote for a political party”.
The opposition party have already filed their complaint to the IEC, just days after Alan Winde suggested that the ANC should be banned from the elections for allegedly “engineering protests” across South Africa. Ace Magashule has since denied there were any sinister intentions behind his so-called donation, though.
What did Ace Magashule say that was “racist”?
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ANC veterans condemn secretary-general
The ANC veterans issued a statement late on Sunday, condemning Magashule’s behaviour. They lambasted his decision to “campaign on racist lines”, distancing themselves from his remarks.
“We can’t believe that a leader of the ANC would campaign on such racist lines. There’s no other way of explaining it but as racist, totally against the beliefs of the African National Congress.”
Magashule is also under intense pressure after the release of the explosive Gangster State book, which implicates the ANC stalwart in numerous corrupt activities involving the Guptas. The publication has received a backlash from Ace’s supporters, but only added fuel to the fire of his critics.