- The African National Congress (ANC) feels vindicated following the decision by the South Gauteng High Court to dismiss Ace Magashule's appeal application
- The ruling party's spokesperson Pule Mabe maintained that the party's step-aside rule was well within the law
- Mzansi reacted to the latest development in the Magashule saga with Briefly News bringing readers the best in reactions
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The ruling party, the ANC, feels vindicated after the decision by the South Gauteng High Court to dismiss Ace Magashule's application for leave to appeal.
The suspended Secretary-General, in May, was served with a notice amid corruption allegations in respect to a multi-million rand asbestos tender issued while he was still the Free State premier.
Magashule subsequently failed to voluntarily step down from his position within the 30 days ordered in the notice, therefore, not complying with the step-aside rule.
According to the rule, any member facing criminal charges must temporarily vacate their post until the finalisation of the case against them.
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Judges were thorough in handing down judgement
Magashule later claimed the National Executive Committee's (NEC) step-aside resolution amounted to a repurposing of the outcome of the conference.
However, despite his best efforts and that of his legal team, the court maintained the decision was in line with the party's constitution.
Party spokesperson Pule Mabe, speaking to SABC News after the judgment, said the party's step-aside rule was well within the law.
News24 reported that the court found that the judges had gone through all issues presented before them with a fine-tooth comb before passing their judgement.
Saffas harbour mixed views on Magashule saga
Mzansi reacted to the latest development in the saga with Briefly News bringing readers the best in reactions.
"ANC must listen to his wallet now. Not RET fools or lawyers. He will soon run broke. He is still the SG of ANC.
"He has been ordered twice now by the court to pay 3 senior councils. He will end up finding himself expelled. Just focus on the serious case in Bloemfontein."
"He can take it to SCA and also CC. But it is costly and not worth the time. The ANC hasn't suspended him for ill discipline or misconduct.
"His suspension is linked to the success or failure of his criminal case. If he wins in Bloem, then he is back at work. Very easy!"
"At least if he leaves for his case in Bloem and continues to do the groundwork, he will save himself money. Now, fighting this futile case is going to drain him emotionally and financially.
Magashule's bid to challenge ANC suspension dismissed
In a recently published report, Briefly News reported that Magashule took another blow in his legal battle with the ruling party.
He sought the courts to declare his suspension unconstitutional, and therefore, wanted it to be overturned. However, in a huge blow to the politician, the ruling was upheld.
Magashule also applied to the high court to have his suspension of President Cyril Ramaphosa affirmed, but his plea was denied, according to reports.
Source: Briefly News