She sent the letter of suspension to Magashule — as mandated by the national working committee, which runs day-to-day affairs of the organisation — in line with the adopted step-aside guidelines as he currently faces corruption charges.
She said the responding letter by Magashule attempting to suspend Ramaphosa was not at the behest of any ANC structure.
“We agreed there was no authority or mandate from any structure in the movement for such a decision to have been taken. The NEC agreed such conduct was completely unacceptable and a violation of the rules, norms and values of the ANC,” she said.
“We have been instructed to request the SG to apologise publicly to ANC structures and members within a timeframe. If he fails to do so, the ANC will institute disciplinary procedures in accordance with the ANC constitution.”
Duarte reiterated she was still the deputy secretary-general and was not in any way taking Magashule’s position while he served his suspension. She said she would, however, be carrying out the duties that fell under him.