Ace Magashule should have already packed up the things in his office and vacated the space after the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) gave all party leaders and members facing criminal charges 30 days to step aside or face suspension.
Instead Magashule, who is facing serious criminal charges relating to the Free State’s R255 million asbestos audit project, is not giving in without a fight.
First he tried to widen the scope of the ANC’s decision to include anyone accused of wrongdoing. When that failed, he decided to approach the courts.
Magashule and his ally Sam Mashinini have asked the Constitutional Court to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal decision which invalidated the ANC 2018 Free State conference and disbanded the elected leadership.
Some within party ranks say the latest move smacks of desperation. There has also been some speculation that political solution is being sought for the matter.
Vanessa Banton – News24 Opinions Editor