Ace Magashule ANC Suspended

Former FS Premier and current ANC SG Ace Magashule. Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Magashule ahead of court battle: ‘I’ll prove this is a political witch-hunt’

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule goes head to head with the party in the South Gauteng High Court – seeking to overturn his suspension

Ace Magashule ANC Suspended

Former FS Premier and current ANC SG Ace Magashule. Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule is confident he’ll be able to prove to the South Gauteng High Court, that his suspension was nothing more than political maneuvering that was aimed at removing him from his post.

Magashule spoke to eNCA in his hometown, Parys, Free State on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 – a day before the court starts hearing an application to have his suspension from the ANC declared unlawful.

Magashule will go head to head with the ruling party – which stands by its decision. He said despite the looming court battle, he was still prepared to engage the ANC.

“I’m still prepared to engage the organisation but I’m doing this in the light of the resolution of conference which people now want to overrule. There are about nine to 10 clauses in terms of fighting corruption and I will prove in court that this is political witch hunt,” Magashule said.

He added that he has in fact met with ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa over his suspension and approaching the courts was the only solution left to pursue.

“There are members who have come to me and say, ‘Can’t you and the president come together and sit down?,’ I said we have met several times… I’m part of the ANC and have told people that I won’t move away from the ANC”

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule

Ace Magashule is in high spirits, despite court case

Ace Magashule also expressed his confidence, ahead of his court appearance – adding that he was willing to take his suspension from the ANC, to the Constitutional Court, if needs be.

’’I have been jumping like a tennis ball. I’m flying higher and higher today like an eagle. I’m in good spirit and high morale,” he said.

In his court papers, Magashule has taken aim at Cyril Ramaphosa, claiming the party president is hell-bent on “capturing” the secretary general’s office, which is considered the most powerful position in the ANC.

“The real motive behind my being purged is the desire to remove me, by hook or by crook, from the all-powerful position of SG so the road to the re-election of president Cyril Ramaphosa and his faction in the next national conference is made easier. I may add that the fears that I would interfere with the democratic processes are a misplaced sign of unnecessary panic” he said.

 “We must engage and as we engage we must remain political. We must respect resolutions of conference, which is the highest decision-making body”