Corruption case against Magashule, co-accused postponed to January

BLOEMFONTEIN – The case against suspended African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule and 16 co-accused has been postponed to 20 January next year.

The postponement comes after Magashule and the other accused petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn a Bloemfontein High Court ruling which dismissed his application to have the case quashed.

Magashule has expressed grievances over the postponement, saying it stunts his chances of being elected to a high-ranking position in the ANC.

Magashule and his 16 co-accused face multiple counts of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

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He has on multiple occasions claimed that the case is nothing but a plot to destroy his political career.

It appears that his attempts to have the case quashed and a petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal have backfired.

He was suspended from his position as ANC secretary-general due to the case.

Friday’s court outcome means that even if he’s nominated and secures a position at the governing party’s national elective conference in December, he won’t be able to immediately assume any responsibility pending the finalisation of the case.

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

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