Billionaire businessman Johann Rupert has allegedly given President Cyril Ramaphosa a marching order, instructing him to toe the line and fire Ace Magashule, African National Congress (ANC) secretary general.
According to a highly placed source within Ramaphosa’s camp who spoke to the Daily News, Rupert allegedly summoned Ramaphosa, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and Old Mutual Chairman Trevor Manuel, and told them that if Magashule is not removed this week by the National Executive Committee of the ANC, then support for Ramaphosa and funding for the ANC will be stopped immediately.
It is reported that he promised to end the media campaign in favour of ‘CR17’ if no action is taken in dealing with the party’s secretary general and his supporters.
Apparently, Magashule is not the only target in the firing line. Those identified as the “fightback” faction and supporters of former president Jacob Zuma, are expected to be dealt with and expelled from the ANC.
“Rupert is clear that if Magashule doesn’t go, then CR will no longer enjoy the support of Rupert and his associates. The president has no choice but to fire Ace and his RET forces”, said the source.
It is alleged that the very tense instructions added that it was time to cleanse the ANC and “bury” the supporters of Radical Economic Transformation (RET) once and for all.
The source said this is a “showdown” and a fight for South Africa’s resources.
He added that RET has become a thorn in the side of Ramaphosa and those who funded his billion-rand presidential campaign – because RET keeps opposing Ramaphosa’s unfavourable policies and his privatisation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs).