In a statement, the ANC's Free State interim provincial committee said it had noted with concern the conduct of Magashule in attending the EFF event.
“Such conduct can only be accepted if it is sanctioned by the organisation in pursuit of its political interests,” said the committee.
“The secretary-general is one of the highest positions in the organisation whose integrity has to be protected at all costs. The fact that he is suspended does not disqualify him from upholding the organisational discipline and other principles that must be observed by all members.”
The committee labelled Magashule's conduct “irresponsible” and requested ANC members in the province not to follow his example because it tarnishes the party's image.
“It is important to note in the diagnostic report that we produced at the inception of this structure, we listed the negative tendencies that devoured the unity and destroyed the traditions and culture of the organisation.
“This conduct of the secretary-general comes as a new negative tendency and must not emulated by any member,” it said.