Divisions within the ANC’s top leadership are set to play out again at the South Gauteng High Court  when the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, and the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) lock horns over the contested step-aside rule on Thursday.

Magashule’s matter, which he brought on an urgent basis in May, is set down for two days. He is tackling the party’s step-aside rule — which was hotly debated and adopted at its 54th national conference —  arguing it is unconstitutional and flouts the principle that an accused is innocent until proven guilty. ..

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