The suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule argued that the Supreme Court had erred in ruling that the party leader Cyril Ramaphosa was unlawful and offered no explanation for this conclusion, since there had been no cross-complaint asking President for a such discharge.
Magashules argued in his appeal that if the court had ruled in favour of the ANC, it would have found that Ramaphosa's suspension was "not lawful.". The president said in his court papers: "Magashula is false and he had nothing to do with his alleged suspension, neither did he suspend me after a decision from the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) on May 3. Show Source Texts
In court documents, Magashule also questioned the legality of party rules enforced by Ramaphosa, which forced ANC officials facing criminal charges to resign before their cases were completed.
He said it undermines the constitutional principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Some close aides have been suspended in line with stricter rules for ANC members accused of corruption and other serious crimes agreed by the party leadership in late March. Show Source Texts
South African state broadcaster SABC reported on Friday that Magashire's lawyers had filed court papers with Gauteng High Court on Thursday.
Magashule argued that the court made a mistake in ignoring "manifest fraudulent misrepresentations" related to the misrepresentation of another letter in the same letter to ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte. Show Source Texts
The decision of the Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashules to go to court is an indication of how rival factions within the party view a direct challenge to the party leader, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, as an attempt to rid the ANC of corruption that has tarnished its image and that of Africa's developing economy over the past decade.
The allegations have put Magashule on a collision course with the President. Magashule promised to restore the ANC's image by taking a tough stance against corruption, but his critics accuse him of using it to silence his opponents.
These are some of the allegations contained in the affidavit of the suspended ANC secretary-general Aces, who has appealed a recent Supreme Court ruling that dismissed his application for his intended suspension by party leader Cyril Ramaphosa and set aside the costs. Show Source Texts
Magashule is the most prominent politician to be tried, alongside former President Zuma, whose trial on corruption charges resumed in December.
Magashule belonged to a faction within the ruling party that pushed for radical economic change that at times seemed at odds with the ANC. He was replaced as head of state by Zuma in February 2018, but the ANC has not asked him to resign over the allegations. Show Source Texts
The corruption trial of Zuma, which opened in May, is due to resume next week. Ace Magashule, the South Africa's leading African National Congress secretary general, was suspended in May from the daily running of the ruling African National Party (ANC) in line with stricter rules for members accused of corruption.
Zuma, who stepped down in December as ANC leader, faces corruption charges in a separate case in which he is accused of accepting bribes in connection with the country's $4 billion arms deal with the French manufacturer Thales in 1999. Show Source Texts
The verdict, widely seen as a stern test of the country's resolve to hold powerful figures to account, confirmed its own decision to jail former President Jacob Zuma for refusing to testify before a commission into widespread corruption in government and state-owned enterprises when he was president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018.
Zuma, who stepped down in 2018, had significant support in parts of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party. The victory for Cyril Ramaphosa, a close associate of Nelson Mandela, prompted a long-standing criminal case against Zuma for bribes paid to a French company to secure arms contracts a decade ago. Show Source Texts
Ramaphosa, who succeeded Zuma, has made fighting corruption a centerpiece of his presidency. But he has acknowledged that ANC officials played a role in facilitating corruption on a large scale. Ramaphosa is said to have lifted the invalid judicial review while allegations of dubious CR17 funding continue. Show Source Texts
South Africa's ruling ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa fights against Precarious balance of power May 15, 2021 Precarious power balance : Ramaphosa gave South Africans hope that he could end corruption in 2018.
He faced the seemingly impossible task of fighting to rebuild the damaged democratic institutions in South Africa that had been attacked and corrupted from 2009 to 2018 under former president Jacob Zuma. He replaced Zuma as party leader at the end of 2017 and as president last year. Show Source Texts
December 13, 2021 Ramaphosa appears to be in control of South Africa's ruling ANC and will go down in history as the first president to preside over such a turbulent era in development of governing parties.
EFE / EPA / ANC Handouts 12 January 2020 Ramaphosa's failed leadership display as a hard and decisive year looms The coming year promises to be a difficult and decisive year for South Africa. Show Source Texts
Zuma and Ace Magashule, both close allies of Zuma, are accused of corruption, while others are trying to recapture the ANC and force its ouster. Some ANC leaders resigned and expelled former party leaders, while former South African President Jacob Zuma whose own corruption trial is scheduled to begin next week and others will be suspended in the coming weeks if they do not run.
The suspension of Ace Magashule as ANC General Secretary in May - an ally of Zuma - could strengthen the president and his faction before local elections and the party Congress later this year. Show Source Texts
When a President is asked by his party to step down it effectively ends his role as party leader and president of the country, as was the case with Zuma in 2018 and Thabo Mbeki, Zuma's predecessor, who was replaced as an ANC leader in late 2007 and became President of South Africa in 2009. Show Source Texts
The ANC has been the ruling party since 1994, when President Nelson Mandela led a government of national unity after decades of apartheid.
Tiredness over lost decades and Zuma's corruption has made voters willing to overlook the pitfalls of a system that gives party leaders dangerous levels of power and places their highest hopes on Ramaphosa to lead a party renewal. Show Source Texts
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