Siyanda Ndlovu
Digital Journalist
1 minute read
9 Jul 2021
10:51 am

Bad news for Ace – Court rules Magashule’s suspension stands

Siyanda Ndlovu

Magashule was challenging the party's step aside guidelines, which was hotly debated and adopted at its 54th national conference.

Ace Magashule, suspended ANC secretary-general, speaks ahead of former South African president Jacob Zuma’s address following the postponement of his corruption trial outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal on 26 May 2021. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

The Johannesburg High Court has ruled that the suspension of ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule was valid. The ruling was handed down by Judge Jody Kollapen on Friday.

Magashule’s matter was brought on an urgent basis back in May, challenging the party’s step-aside guidelines which were hotly debated and adopted at its 54th national conference.

Magashule argued the step-aside rule was unconstitutional and flouted the principle that an accused is innocent until proven guilty.

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Magashule argued among other things that his suspension violates his right to participate in political activities

Kollapen said that the ANC guidelines distinguished between indicted individuals and accused members. He said that the step-aside rules were not unconstitutional.

Moreover, he said it was clear Magashule was afforded a hearing before he was suspended. He said the court believed the principles of natural justice were observed prior to Magashule’s suspension.