Advocate Dali Mpofu Says High Court was Biased Against Ace Magashule in Suspension Case

Advocate Dali Mpofu Says High Court was Biased Against Ace Magashule in Suspension Case

  • Advocate Dali Mpofu is of the opinion that the Johannesburg High Court judges were biased in their assessment of Ace Magashule's suspension case
  • Mpofu made reference to the issue of Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte having the authority to issue a letter of suspension to Magashule
  • Magaushule continues to fight to have his suspension overturned and has applied to the Supreme Court of Appeal

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JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu has stated that the judges of the Johannesburg High Court of being biased towards ANC's suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule in his effort to have his suspension be deemed unlawful and overturned.

According to IOL, after the High Court found that Magashule's application to have his suspension deemed unlawful had no basis, Magashule made the decision to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal for remedy.

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Advocate Dali Mpofu, Johannesburg High Court, Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, Supreme Court of Appeal
Advocate Dali Mpofu says the Johannesburg High Court was biased against ANC's Ace Magashule in his suspension case trial. Images: Leon Sadiki & Siphwe Sibeko
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In his new application, Magashule says President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent reconfiguration of Cabinet ministers is an indication that the ANC's 'step aside resolution did not apply to everyone.

Magashule indicated that the newly-appointed Minister of Finance Enoch Gondongwana who has had allegations of corruption levelled against him had been promoted despite those allegations.

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He listed other prominent ANC officials such as Minister of Energy and Minerals Gwede Mantashe, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Zizi Kodwa and Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele who have not been forced to step down from their position or been suspended.

Mpofu argues that in Magashule's suspension case there is a case of judicial bias. Mpofu was referring specifically to Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte having the authority to suspend Magashule, reports EWN.

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Magashule says the High Court prejudged that issue of Durate's authority and as a result, the whole case may be regarded as prejudged.

Mpofu however says it is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not the High Court judges were biased.

Ace Magashule claims judges are biased in attempt to overturn suspension

Briefly News previously reported that suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is launching another bid to overturn his suspension by accusing the Johannesburg High Court of being biased against him.

He filed his leave to appeal on Friday and said that the judgement had countless examples showing the courts bias.

The High Court had not only denied Magashule leave to appeal on 9 July but had also said that the ANC's step-aside policy was not unconstitutional according to the SowetanLIVE.

Magashule's suspension is unable to be set aside according to the court's decision despite Magashule arguing that Jessie Duarte did not possess the right to suspend him.


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