Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has spoken out for the first time about his intentions within the party. He says he will be standing for the position of ANC president at the National Elective Conference in December.

He told the media outside the Bloemfontein High Court on Friday morning that whether he is charged or not, he will run for the ANC’s highest office.

The case of fraud, corruption, and money laundering against him, 10 co-accused others, and 5 companies has now been postponed to 23 September this year.

Magashule says he will lead the ANC.

“Charged or not charged I’m going to be standing, if nominated, because I was elected by branches, the branches throughout the country must know now. I want you as media people, you must read the resolution of the ANC under fighting crime and corruption, there are nine points, when you are charged, when you are accused of, when you are reported to have been (involved in crime or corruption), there are also serious allegations. You know even in the Free State, there are three charged mayors; because they are CR, they are still mayors.”

He adds that South Africans and the ANC must decide. Magashule has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of playing party politics by deliberately frustrating his bid to participate in the conference.

But the NPA says the allegations by Magashule are baseless.

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