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“They have illegally bugged our phones”, says Ace Magashule

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ANC secretary general Ace Magashule suggests in-fighting and surveillance within the ANC as he claims that several senior members’ phones have been bugged.

While election campaigning in Parys, Free State, the African National Congress’ (ANC) secretary general, Ace Magashule, claimed that his and ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte’s phones were bugged by “state organs.”

“There are people whose phones are bugged.

“I’m one of those whose phone is bugged … Many other comrades’ phones are bugged.” he said.

Magashule claimed that there were other comrades who had complained about their phones being bugged and that “state organs” were used against them.

“I’ve said those comrades must come out now. Comrades cannot keep quiet forever because we can’t allow that to happen,” he continued.

Asked who could be behind the bugging, he said, “I don’t know who is using this, we are just warning people – don’t use state organs to fight political battles.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Obed Bapela confirmed that his office would be raided this week as part of an “unspecified” investigation against him. Bapela said he received this tip off from Hawks generals.

“The planned raid on my office is aimed at tarnishing my image and casting suspicion.

“The main objective of this dirty exercise is to force the president not to consider some of us in his next Cabinet because we would be deemed to be under investigation and not suitable for ministerial positions,” Bapela said.

A battle is brewing in the ANC camp and is expected to intensify immediately after elections when President Cyril Ramaphosa appoints his new Cabinet. Bapela believes there are certain senior leaders who are targeted to exclude them from the upcoming Cabinet.

Abenathi Gqomo
a.gqomo@politicalanalysis.co.za

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