ACT like Ace: Four questions answered about Magashule’s new political party

1st September 20230

Expelled former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule launched a new political party.

The African Congress for Transformation (ACT) was founded by Magashule and fired Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza.

Magashule was expelled from the ANC after its national disciplinary committee found he contravened its constitution by “suspending” party president Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2021.

What is the party’s stance?

According to Magashule, the ACT’s ideology is, among other things, to “uphold African nationalism”.

“We cherish and foster Pan-Africanism as our liberating creed and we are guided by the spirit of African self-determination.”

Magashule said the ACT was a “people’s party”, not a “party of leaders”.

“We are not going to be a party of leaders. We are community leaders and activists and that is why in our leadership you are going to see people [from] across different [spheres].”

Who are its members?

Magashule said he consulted activists and political leaders, including former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

He did not reveal the number of members the party has but said its members have been on a recruitment drive for the past six months.

“In October we will go to a conference and will unveil our manifesto and you will see the leadership of this organisation. We are interim leaders.”

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