Johannesburg – The ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) is expected to discuss on Monday the final preparations for a court challenge filed by suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule ahead of next week’s hearing.
Magashule asked the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg to overturn his suspension.
The NWC is set to discuss whether Magashule acted in defiance of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) call not to take organizational matters to court.
The court petition filed on May 13 came just days after the party asked the Free State ANC to withdraw a petition to the Constitutional Court, where Magashule and Sam Mashinini were challenging the Supreme Court’s decision to call (SCA). to dissolve the provincial ANC under Mashinini.
The ANC subsequently appealed to former President Kgalema Motlanthe to help resolve factional battles in the Free State.
Insiders argue that the NWC should strategize around plans on how to deal with Magashule following his actions to undermine the terms of his suspension.
Magashule addressed a group of ANC supporters outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg when former President Jacob Zuma appeared for his corruption trial earlier this month.
In his speech, Magashule pledged to transport thousands of ANC Free State members to KwaZulu-Natal when Zuma reappears on Wednesday.
According to sources, the NWC is also expected to discuss statements made by NEC member Tony Yengeni who alleged that the state apparatus had been used to lay charges against Magashule.
Yengeni, who also addressed Zuma supporters, made the statements despite the fact that the plaintiff in the fraud and corruption charges against Magashule was the Free State prosecutor.
In his court documents, Magashule said his impeachment was aimed at ensuring that the CR-17 faction that backs President Cyril Ramaphosa re-elects him as party chair at its next elective conference in December 2022.
He made serious allegations against Ramaphosa and his supporters, claiming that political ideals should serve the interests of big, white corporations and rating agencies, while his group looked after the interests of the “poor.”
He added: “The real motive for my purge is the desire to withdraw, by hook or by crook, from the almighty post of SG (Secretary General), so that the way of the re-election of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his faction at the next national conference are facilitated.
Insiders say the court documents angered senior officials and some of them want action taken against Magashule for allegedly violating organizational protocol.
Magashule, in his request, also included transcripts of audio clips that were leaked to the media to substantiate his claim that his suspension was based on factional battles within the ANC.
“I am giving all of these details in order to support my fervent and unwavering belief that factionalism and not the face of a new anti-corruption cleanse is what lies behind my illegal, radical and untimely suspension.
“It would be manifestly naive in the extreme to accept the opposite point of view, which is pursued by some to mask their true intentions. The malaise of factionalism is at the heart of the problem. There are no angels or demons, as the issues are carefully choreographed in the mainstream media, which supports the dominant CR-17 faction, ”Magashule said.
The sources said Magashule would also be criticized for including the transcripts of the audio cuts in his court application.
ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe was not available to comment on the matter.