Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule was dealt a blow by the South African Gauteng High Court.

The bench of Johannesburg dismissed with costs the application of three individuals wanting to be part of Magashule’s case as intervening parties.

Former ANC branch chairperson in Gauteng and businessman Mutumwa Mawere; the Fezile Dabi region; the Arthur Pitso and Jomo Marumo branches; branch secretary Pule Nthene and member Thabang Nkhoke, all in the Free State, as well as Nkosentsha Shezi from KwaZulu-Natal wanted to join Magashule’s urgent application for various reasons.

Mawere argued that ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte had no authority to take over Magashule’s powers and depose the party’s answering affidavit in response to the former Free State premier.

Last Month, President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Magashule over allegations of corruption.

Magashule denied charges and said that he had instead suspended President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa had warned that any ANC member facing corruption charges would also face suspension if they did not leave their posts within 30 days.

On 30 March, Mr Magashule was given a 30-day ultimatum to step down after being charged with embezzling public funds while he was Premier of the Free State Province.

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