Political analyst, Dr Ina Gouws says Ace Magashule’s political aspirations are hanging in the balance.
The suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General is going back to the High Court in Bloemfontein on Monday challenging the legality of charges against him related to the controversial asbestos roof removal contract.
Magashule, 10 other accused persons and five companies face more than 70 counts of charges of corruption, fraud, and money laundering.
They relate to the alleged irregular awarding of a R255-million asbestos roof removal contract in 2014.
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Dr Gouws says Magashule’s problems might distract him from other opportunities in the political landscape.
“Ace Magashule is in a very difficult situation. He is going to be very busy with his legal woes for some time to come, which will prevent him from maybe consolidating the support that he still has in getting more support. He still has some influence over upcoming leadership decisions in the ANC, especially leading to the elections later on in a year or two years’ time. So he is being frozen out,” says Gouws.
Ace Magashule could be in violation of his suspension after he addressed a public gathering