'I'm no traitor': Magashule seeks R500k damages in ATM debacle

'I'm no traitor': Magashule seeks R500k damages in ATM debacle

- Ace Magashule is taking accusations that he helped form the ATM party to court where he will be putting them to the test

- The ANC secretary-general has insisted that he is not a treacherous sell-out as he files a R500 000 lawsuit against Buyisile Ngqulwana

- This comes after the SACMCC official accused Magashule of starting an opposition party to rival the ANC

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Ace Magashule is looking to clear his name after being accused of helping form the African Transformation Movement.

Briefly.co.za reported that the allegations had caused quite the headache for the ANC secretary-general, when the SA Council of Messianic Churches of Christ general secretary brought them to light.

Now court papers reveal that Magashule has filled a R500 000 lawsuit against SACMMC secretary-general Buyisile Ngqulwana.

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IOL reports that Magashule denies ever having met Ngqulwana in his application, commenting that he had first heard of the man in media reports.

The ANC veteran insists that the allegations sought to harm his reputation and credibility within the party:

“I have been perceived as a sell-out to the cause of the ANC. Due to Ngqulwana’s defamatory statement, I have been painted as dishonest and treacherous. As secretary-general, I lead the organisation on a daily basis. Trustworthiness and fidelity to the cause of the ANC are indispensable in my ability to lead the organisation.”

TimesLIVE reports that Magashule now seeks to garner a full retraction and apology from Ngqulwana, who he says based his statements on 'hearsay evidence'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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