Ace Magashule Remains ANC Secretary General: Twitter Reacts


ANC Secretary General: Despite the dispute over missing votes, the African National Congress (ANC) newly elected top-six member, Ace Magashule has retained his position as the governing party’s Secretary General.

This comes after 68 votes which were not included in the final tally for the party’s top six leadership elections were disqualified, leaving Magashule’s rival Senzo Mchunu ousted from obtaining the coveted position in the party.

While Ace Magashule and his team rejoiced over the win, some disgruntled South Africans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the matter. For the most part, social media users called the secretary general out for all the scandals attached to his name. Some also wondered if he ever wins an election without attracting irregularities.

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Here are some of the reactions on social media following the announcement of results:

Magashule’s closest rival, Senzo Mchunu, on Monday, lost the top post as a result of the missing 68 votes which many believe could have helped him secure a spot in the ANC’s top six. This sparked controversy among Mchunu’s supporters and some disgruntled ANC members. They protested against the result, calling for an accountability on the missing votes and for the internal election body to do a recount.

However, during the recount, the electoral body was forced to discredit some votes among the formerly discredited votes while Mchunu was awarded only just 15 votes (out of the 68 votes). Regardless, ANC secretary general ACE Magashule was able to retain his position by nine votes. Prior to the recount, Magashule secured 2360 votes while Mchunu received 2363.

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Meanwhile, there are fears that the slew of ANC disgruntled delegates from the Vhembe district in Limpopo and the Abaqulusi district in KwaZulu-Natal could likely launch a legal challenge against the decision concerning the 68 votes.