This while the office of the secretary-general is said to have also explained that Gumede and Msibi had followed the step-aside rule in any event, thus there was no need for them to resign.   

It is unclear if there was any finality to the matter but another ANC NWC member who was present at the meeting said it should now be up to the branches of the ANC, via the  national policy and elective conferences, to refine the thorny step-aside question. 

“As I said last week, there is no rush. The national conference is around the corner to deliberate on this. Comrade Zandile and comrade Msibi stepped aside, so this thing of harming the organisation’s brand is just a way for some among us to deal with political adversaries,” another NWC member said.

“This thing should not even have been raised at NWC. It was a waste of time because they [Gumede and Msibi] had already stepped aside.”

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