The corruption case against Magashule, a co-accused, was postponed to January

Ace Magashule lamented the delay, saying it reduced his chances of being elected to a top ANC position.

FILE: Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule appears before the Bloemfontein High Court for a preliminary hearing in his corruption case on June 10, 2022. Photo: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News

BLOUMFONTAINE – The case against suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Aisa Magashule and 16 other defendants has been adjourned to January 20 next year.

The adjournment came after Magashule and the other defendants appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn a Bloemfontein High Court ruling that dismissed his application to have the case dismissed.

Magashule lamented the delay, saying it reduced his chances of being elected to a top position in the ANC.

Magashule and his 16 co-accused are facing several counts of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

He has repeatedly stated that this case is nothing more than a conspiracy to destroy his political career.

It appears that his attempts to have the case overturned and go to the Supreme Court of Appeal have been unsuccessful.

In connection with this case, he was removed from the post of General Secretary of the ANC.

Friday’s court ruling means that even if he is nominated and gets a seat at the ruling party’s national elective conference in December, he will not be able to immediately assume any responsibility until the case is concluded.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it could be years before the case is closed.

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