Suspended African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has been denied leave to appeal his suspension from the ruling party.

Magashule had lodged the leave to appeal application in the High Court in Johannesburg saying it had erred in upholding his suspension.

The ANC suspended him in May after refusing to step aside in accordance with a party resolution.

According to the resolution, party members who are charged with serious criminal offices should step until their cases are finalised.

 

Magashule is charged with corruption related to a multi-million-rand asbestos project when he was Free State premier.

He also insists that he was correct in suspending party president Cyril Ramaphosa a few months.

In August, the South Gauteng High Court ruled that the ANC was within its right to suspend Magashule after he failed to comply with its step-aside rule which stipulates that criminally charged members must vacate their position until their matters are finalised.

Last month Judge Jody Kollapen handed down the judgment: