Ace Magashule, the suspended African National Congress Secretary General, says that his court bid against the ANC needs to be heard as a matter of urgency, in light of fears toward intra-party violence, as per EWN.
Magashule faced party suspension due to his alleged involvement in matters relating to fraud, corruption and money laundering. However, he has allegedly expressed that factional divisions and cronyism exist whereby other party members under the same accusations are not facing suspension.
Magashule claims that the ANC’s step aside resolution was unfairly implemented by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s faction in what he believes is a ploy to remove him from his position as secretary-general.
He has called the step aside resolution unlawful, unconstitutional, invalid null and void. You can read more about his views on his suspension here.
Intra-party divisions and conflict
Magashule has made allegations toward cronyism within the party, stating that other senior members who were implicated in corruption activities were not affected by the step aside resolution. Said members include Party Chairperson Gwede Mantashe and national executive committee member Zizi Kodwa (EWN).
The resolution, according to Magaushle, has caused evident divisions within the party, which according to EWN, could collapse the ANC. Additionally, he has expressed alleged concerns toward intra-party violence should his court bid not be heard urgently.
The former Free State Premiere wants his suspension to be ruled as unlawful and wishes to return to Luthuli House to manage the affairs of the ANC, (EWN).
Magashule is to be represented by Mabuza Attorneys, who recently withdrew as former president Jacob Zuma’s legal representative in his corruption trial.