It’ll be the Magashule of all battles as Ace faces down the ANC

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It’ll be the Magashule of all battles as Ace faces down the ANC

The party’s secretary-general is unlikely to step down voluntarily as he appears in court to face corruption charges

Political editor

Friday marks the beginning of a very long political battle. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is making his second appearance in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on charges linked to a R255m asbestos contract signed during his tenure as Free State premier. He is facing 21 charges of corruption and fraud, including theft and money laundering.

While the actual court proceedings are expected to be quite mundane and brief, the real action is going to be outside. What happens legally doesn’t really matter — these court cases can take forever to come to a conclusion. It is the politics that is going to have a more immediate effect on the future of the ANC and the country.

As in November 2020, so-called supporters of Magashule will gather outside the court precinct. Some might not know why they are there (as we saw last time), despite holding placards and chanting his name. There have been reports of such supporters already congregating in Bloemfontein...

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