ANC veteran Karl Niehaus says the ongoing postponements of the multi-million dollar asbestos case are aimed at keeping ousted general secretary Ace Magashule from attending the party’s 55th National Electoral Conference in December.

Niehaus is an avid fan of Magashule.

The Bloemfontein High Court is conducting pre-trial proceedings in the case on Friday. Magashule, ten others and five companies have been charged in connection with the alleged irregular award of a R255 million rand asbestos roof removal tender in the Free State in October 2014.

Niehaus says the delays in the case are unfair to Magashule, who is entitled to a speedy trial.

He says the way law enforcement is being used to fight the ANC’s internal political battles must end.

“This is being pursued with the deliberate intention of preventing Comrade Ace Magashula from participating in the governance of the ANC. At a very critical time, on the eve of the national conference to be held in December for the ANC. In addition to this, there is now an intention to prevent Comrade Ace from attending this national conference.’

In the video tweet below, Magashule says that no one can stop him from attending the ANC elective conference if he is suspended:

Magashule intends to run for president

At his previous court appearance in June this year, Magashule told the media that regardless of whether he was charged or not, he would run for a top ANC position during the party’s upcoming elective conference.

Magashule said he would lead the ANC.

“Indictment or not, if I am nominated, I will be nominated because I was elected by the wards, as the wards across the country should now know. I want you as members of the media, you must read the ANC resolution on fighting crime and corruption, the nine points, if you are accused, if you are accused, if you are reported to have been (involved in crime or corruption) ), there are also serious allegations. You know that even in the Free State there are three mayors who are responsible; because they are CRs, they are still mayors,” Magashule said.

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