- Embattled and suspended African National secretary-general Ace Magashule is set to appear before in Joburg High Court on 24 and 25 June
- Magashule seeks to challenge the decision by the ANC to suspend him as he is facing corruption charges, and he is clearly going down fighting
- The under-fire ANC SG has approached the court to overturn the decision, which was taken by the ruling party after Magashule had attempted to suspend party President Cyril Ramaphosa
Suspended African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule has reportedly been informed of the dates for his court appearance. The former Free State premier is fighting the ANC after he was suspended and had to step down as he faces corruption charges.
According to EWN, the High Court in Johannesburg has set two days aside to hear an application brought forward by the embattled secretary-general as he seeks to overturn his suspension at the end of the month. The matter, which was initially set for Tuesday, will now be heard on 24 and 25 June.
Magashule took the ruling party to court after he was suspended after failing to step aside as per rule 25.70 of the ANC’s Constitution. He is the most senior leader affected by the 2017 resolution, which calls for members to be temporarily suspended if they fail to step aside.
Magashule is facing corruption charges relating to an asbestos project in the Free State during his tenure as the head of the province. Moreover, the suspended secretary-general also wants an unauthorised suspension letter that he issued against party President Cyril Ramaphosa to be affirmed by the courts.
Ramaphosa described the letter as an act of vengeful spite and the Daily Maverick has it that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has dismissed claims of dodgy funding regarding his CR17 campaign for ANC boss. Ramaphosa described the attempted suspension by Magashule as an act of vindictive spite and not in the best interests of the ANC.
It’s a short, focused 16-page affidavit Ramaphosa has filed as part of the governing ANC’s response to suspended SG’s legal action against his temporary suspension after he failed to step aside over the criminal charges he faces.
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that Zamani Saul was re-elected as the chairperson of the ANC in the Northern Cape and he won unopposed. He delivered a scathing speech on Friday night about the role of the secretary-general of the party and at the same time criticised Magashule.
Saul said that secretaries-general serve as pillars in the life of the party. Historically, none of them have ever threatened the party the way Magashule has, according to Saul.
He continued and said that the secretary-general was the first line of defence within the organisation and the person performing the role of secretary-general was expected to rise up and meet any challenges the party faced.
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