Axed African National Congress (ANC) leader, Ace Magashule, has made a significant political move by announcing the establishment of his new political party, the African Congress for Transformation (ACT). The former ANC secretary-general and former Free State premier unveiled this new organization during an event in Soweto.
In a noteworthy development, Magashule has enlisted the support of former Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza, and a group of ANC councillors who have decided to align themselves with his new movement. General Berning Ntlemeza, previously at the helm of the Hawks, addressed the gathering in Soweto as part of the party’s launch.
Ace Magashule faced expulsion from the ANC in June for his failure to provide representations to the national disciplinary committee regarding the preservation of his membership. This recent announcement marks the next chapter in his political journey, following his departure from the ANC.
During the launch, which took place at a popular eatery on Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, Magashule and a limited number of supporters introduced the party’s logo. The logo features shades reminiscent of the ANC’s signature green, black, and gold, with touches of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s distinct red.
Ace Magashule ACT To Provide an Alternative To ANC
Magashule is positioning his new political venture, ACT, as an alternative to the incumbent ANC, citing his former party’s alleged abandonment of core principles. While critical of the ANC, he also mentioned ongoing engagement with some members of the organization.
Furthermore, Magashule expressed his intention for ACT to collaborate with “like-minded” parties as the elections approach. He emphasized the party’s commitment to progressive ideals and revealed plans to host a conference in October to unveil their manifesto and leadership.
Notably, Magashule refuted claims suggesting that he intended to join the EFF following his expulsion from the ANC, underlining his dedication to building and leading the ACT party.
As Ace Magashule steps into this new political endeavor with the African Congress for Transformation (ACT), political dynamics in South Africa are set to witness shifts and adaptations, creating an environment of heightened anticipation and speculation. Stay tuned for updates on the ACT party’s progress and its impact on the country’s political landscape.