Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
21 Jun 2021
5:10 am

Magashule’s court challenge is weakening ANC ahead of local polls, say analysts

Brian Sokutu

He is defiantly challenging a step-aside order in the high court on Thursday and Friday.

Ace Magashule, suspended ANC secretary-general, speaks ahead of former South African president Jacob Zuma’s address following the postponement of his corruption trial outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal on 26 May 2021. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

With local government polls a few months away, the turmoil fanned by disunity within the ANC over the suspension of embattled secretary-general Ace Magashule, was far from settled – a situation political analysts on Sunday said was likely to cost the party in the elections. In what is expected to mark a crunch time, the party top brass is this week expected to ponder the implications and react to Magashule’s high court bid to wave his suspension and nullify the ANC step-aside rule. In court papers, Magashule has argued that the step-aside 27.5 rule adopted by the party’s 2017 Nasrec...