The ANC in South Africa has reportedly bowed to legal opinion that it is not able to force members who face criminal charges to resign from leadership positions in the party.Speaking to the Sunday Times, ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe said that stepping aside is a voluntary act and that forcing someone to do so would amount to suspension but added that although the party could not force members to step aside, it still had the option of disciplinary action. The issue was the subject of heightened factional divisions in the ANC, with one side insisting it was not above the legal doctrine that a person is innocent until proven guilty and the arrest of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule having added a spotlight to the subject.