JOHANNESBURG: Mr Magashule then slapped President Cyril Ramaphosa with a suspension letter.
South Africa’s ruling party, the ANC has instructed Ledwaba Mazwai Attorneys to oppose its suspended Secretary-General, Mr Ace Magashule’s bid for his suspension lifted.
He was recently suspended after he refused to step aside from his position along with other leaders who have been formally charged for corruption and other serious crimes.
Mr Magashule then slapped President Cyril Ramaphosa with a suspension letter.
Last week, party officials ordered him to publicly apologise to president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa in the next 48 hours for serving him with a suspension letter, without any authority to do so.
Mr Ramaphosa announced last week Monday during his closing remarks to the party’s three-day special national executive committee (NEC) meeting.
“The NEC has discussed the so-called letter of suspension written by the secretary-general to the president for which the secretary-general had no authority and mandate from any structure of the movement.
“The NEC agreed that such conduct was completely unacceptable and flagrant violation of the rules, norms, and values of the ANC.
“The NEC instructed the officials to advise the secretary-general to apologise publicly to ANC structures and members within a set time frame.
Mr Magashule was at court today as a show of support to former president Mr Jacob Zuma, also addressed supporters, telling them he would never leave the ANC and vowing to gather more supporters to attend Mr Zuma’s trial.
In a lucid statement issued by the party on Monday afternoon, the said, “The African National Congress (ANC) National Officials met today, Monday, 17th of May 2021 and affirmed the decision to oppose the application lodged by the Secretary General Comrade Ace Magashule to have, among others, his temporary suspension lifted.”
“The ANC has appointed Ledwaba Mazwai Attorneys as instructing attorneys supported by the following three Senior Counsels and 1 Junior Counsel, respectively:
- Adv Wim Trengrove SC;
- Adv Ngwako Maenetje SC;
- Adv Fana Nalane SC; and
- Adv Buhle Lekokotla.