Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
9 Jul 2021
12:38 pm

Ace in a hole? SG now facing permanent expulsion from ANC

Bernadette Wicks

Court defeat could mean bad news for Magashule, who has in the past pushed for the expulsion of those who take the party to court.

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

It's been a tough week for the Zuma-aligned RET (radical economic transformation) faction of the ANC, as Ace Magashule suffered a blow in court and could now possibly face permanent expulsion from the party. On Friday morning the high court in Johannesburg dismissed suspended ANC secretary-general Magashule's urgent application to have his suspension by the ANC overturned with costs. This was just a day after his RET-partner, former president Jacob Zuma, spent his first night behind bars and Carl Niehaus was arrested while live on television for violating lockdown regulations while marshalling MK veteran troops in support of Zuma.