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High-Profile ANC Leaders File Court Papers Against ACE

Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule's court application against the party's "step aside" resolution has received a significant dent, this after two high-profile ANC members deposed affidavits in support of the party's 'opposing affidavit'.

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Kwazulu Natal ANC Deputy Chairperson, Mike Mabuyakhulu and former Higher Education deputy minister, Mduduzi Manana who have both already stepped aside in line with the highly-contested step aside resolution, have stated that they have both accepted their fates and their withdrawal was done in the best interests of the ANC.

Mabuyakhulu who is a huge ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in his affidavit that, he considers his "voluntary stepping aside as a measure that protects the image and stature of the ANC in society."

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He furthermore added that he does not believe his right "of presumed innocent until proven otherwise" as having been compromised.

Surprisingly, Manana who was seen as a huge ally of former President Jacob Zuma, had to resign in 2017 after he faced charges relating to assault.

In his affidavit he stated that his actions were exposed as well as his true sense of leadership, saying it was only ethical for him to "step aside to demonstrate that he is a responsible leader."

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The duo's affidavits will certainly prove to be a huge boost for the ANC's prospects of winning the case. For Magashule, a loss will have huge ramifications for his political career.

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Do you make of this development, do you think Magashule will be able to win his case?

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