Strong police presence in court ahead of Magashule-ANC legal battle

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A full High Court bench will determine whether ANC rule 25.70 is unconstitutional and whether Ace Magashule’s suspension is illegal and invalid.

As Magashule. Photo: Boikhutso Ntsoko / Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – There is a heavy police presence outside the South Gauteng High Court before it virtually hears a petition filed by the suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule.

A full bench of the tribunal will determine whether ANC rule 25.70 is unconstitutional and whether Magashule’s suspension is illegal and invalid.

In an unprecedented move, the ANC suspended Magashule in May after he failed to back down on corruption charges he faces – the struggling secretary-general tried in return to suspend the party chairman , Cyril Ramaphosa.

He also wants the court to assert his authority and right to issue the suspension letter against Ramaphosa, for which the ANC’s National Executive Committee (ANC) has called on him to apologize.

One of his allies, Nkosentsha Shazi of the Radical Economic Transformation Forces, who joined his legal bid, said Magashule was right to challenge a fundamentally flawed resolution.

He also defended the right of Magashule supporters to rally on his behalf despite peaks in COVID-19 infections.

“The leaders with whom you identify, the leaders who are fighting for a radical economic transformation which seeks to repair the aggressions of 1652 and the dispossession of the lands of the African majority, these leaders are persecuted. People in general who have no other means will stand by their leader. “

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