On Monday, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled that there were no compelling grounds why Ace Magashule, the suspended African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general, should be granted leave to appeal and dismissed his plea with costs.
Magashule claimed that the court erred in its July decision in his case against the ANC’s suspension. After declining to step aside as required under the party’s 2017 resolution for members facing criminal charges, the embattled secretary-general was suspended in May.
Magashule also questioned whether the correct order was issued, claiming that the entire High Court bench was biased against him. Magashule, who has been hiding for a while, may have to keep it up for a little longer. This is not just in accordance with his suspension terms, but also because his attempt to overturn the decision has been thwarted yet again.
In his August leave to appeal, he argued that a full bench of the High Court misunderstood his suspension, which he said restricted his political rights. Magashule contended that the court misunderstood the distinctions in the ANC’s constitution between precautionary and punitive suspensions.
He argued the court was biased in front of the same court, which said it dealt with the facts of the case and that none of the decisions it took were so irrational that they could be construed as bias. The High Court expressed its belief that no other court would reach a different decision.