On Wednesday the governing party’s step-aside battle reached its point of inflection. Officials within the ANC facing corruption charges and other serious crimes who did not voluntarily step aside were served with suspension letters.

Shortly after ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte served secretary-general Ace Magashule, among others, with letters on behalf of the party’s national working committee (NWC) informing him of his temporary suspension as a member of the party, Magashule wrote back a constitutionally constipated letter rejecting his suspension...

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