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Ace heads to court

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule appeared (virtually) before the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg today to challenge the ANC’s decision to suspend him and to ask that the court declare the party’s step-aside rule unconstitutional. Before his matter could be heard, the court dismissed three separate applications that sought to intervene in the case relating to Magashule’s suspension, saying a proper argument regarding the urgency of those applications had not been made. A refresher: last year the state charged Magashule with fraud and corruption relating to the multi-million rand Free State asbestos case. Because he was criminally charged, ANC rules required him to step aside or face suspension.

Magashule’s defiant self refused to step aside and – after some dilly-dallying – the party suspended him. He was NOT happy about this, so he attempted to suspend Ramaphosa and at the same time challenge the step-aside rule. Where does this guy get the energy to be so brazenly defiant on a national stage, while most of us are out here overcoming imposter syndrome? 😆 Magashule has a steadily diminishing troop of supporters, one of which is former prez Jacob Zuma. His case is being heard by no-nonsense Judges Jody Kollapen, Edwin Molahlehi and Sharise Weiner. We’re keeping an eye on it. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 24 June 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates