Ace Magashule battles with the ANC in court to have his job back

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Lungani Zungu

Ace Magashule will square off with the ANC today and tomorrow in a desperate bid to have his suspension as secretary-general lifted.

The matter will be heard virtually with Judges Jody Kollapen, Sharise Weiner and Edwin Molahlehi presiding but Magashule’s supporters have put up a makeshift stage outside the South Gauteng High Court.

Magashule took the party to court after he was suspended last month in line with the ANC step aside policy for party crooks facing criminal charges.

Despite being broke and unable to pay the salaries of its employees, the ANC continues to pay Magashule his R133 000 monthly salary. 

He has also roped in Advocate Dali Mpofu.

The ANC is represented by advocate Wim Trengrove, advocate Ngwako Maenetje SC, advocate Fana Nalane SC and advocate Buhle Lekokotla.

In his court papers, Magashule said his suspension was a deliberate ploy to block him from running for any position when the ANC holds its elective conference next year.

Magashule had repeatedly told Scrolla.Africa that the step aside rule was biased against some leaders and he has said in court papers that his enemies were bent on removing him to clear the way for Cyril Ramaphosa’s re-election as ANC president next year. 

However, his deputy and acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte rubbished these claims in her responding papers on behalf of the party.

Duarte said the step aside was implemented fairly. 

Magashule’s case received a severe setback after ANC KZN deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu and national executive committee (NEC) member Mduduzi Manana filed affidavits in support of the party. 

Manana voluntarily resigned in 2017 as deputy minister of higher education after assault charges were laid against him.

Mabuyakhulu stepped aside last month as deputy ANC KZN over the corruption charges.

Magashule is facing corruption and fraud charges relating to the R255 million asbestos tender issued while was Free State premier.

This is a developing story.