RET heavyweight, Ace Magashule has suffered another huge blow after the constitutional court dismissed his bid to overturn his suspension from the ANC.
This dismissal of his appeal means that he might not be at the ANC national conference in December, and will also not be able to contest for any position.
African National Congress is also alleged to have also tightened their step aside guidelines such that those who have been charged or found guilty will not be allowed to contest. Ace Magashule is not the only one who is affected by this rule, Zandile Gumede a heavyweight in Kwa-Zulu Natal province is also facing the same problem.
Ace Magashule was challenging his suspension on the basis that the ANC's step-aside rule was unconstitutional, as it violates the universal principle of innocent until proven guilty, but his applications have failed at the High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and now at the Constitutional Court.
The RET champion, Ace Magashule was hoping that he could stand a chance after taking his case to the apex court declaring his suspension and the step-aside rule unlawful. If the judgment was in his favour, he would have been eligible to stand for an ANC top- six position when the party holds its conference in December.
RET comrades are however not happy with this ruling, and argued that Ace Magashule had no prospects of winning as the courts seem to be biased against him.
One of Ace Magashule's staunch supporter, and RET comrade in Kwa-Zulu Natal province, Mfoka Jobe says this was a plan coordinated to make sure that Ace will not contest.
"There is no judiciary in SA, Cyril Ramaphosa fears this man so much that he has to destroy the whole judiciary to prevent him from contesting in the ANC coming conference," said Jobe.
Ace Magashule's opponents are stating that this is the end of the road for him, but in politics there can never be surety of one's fate and it will be safe to say "it's not over for Magashule, until it's over".
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