Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has lost his appeal application to set aside his suspension from the ANC.
The Johannesburg High Court dismissed his application with costs.
Magashule’s appeal dismissed
Magashule appealed the high court’s dismissal in July of his bid to overturn his suspension.
He also wanted the court to uphold his attempt to suspend Cyril Ramaphosa as party president, but the court did not rule in his favour.
In its unanimous judgment, the full bench of the high court found that no other court would come to a different conclusion on Magashule’s suspension.
The embattled secretary-general was suspended in May in line with the ANC’s rule 25.70, which requires all party members criminally charged to temporarily step aside, pending the conclusion of their cases.
Magashule faces fraud and corruption charges in the Free State in connection with a R255 million asbestos project while he was the province’s premier.
ANC welcomes ruling
ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe welcomed the high court’s judgment, saying the party had always maintained that Magashule’s suspension was consistent with the party’s constitution.
“The ANC has always been certain that the case that it brought forward is consistent with its own constitution, and that it did not act outside the parameters of its own constitution in terms of executing the decision to ask the SG [secretary-general] to step aside,” Mabe told SABC News.