Magashule: a speedy trial will best protect our young democracy

15 November 2020 - 00:03 By Sunday Times Editorial

The appearance in court of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule on multiple fraud, corruption and money-laundering charges holds hauntingly familiar but worrying implications for the party and the state. Magashule's arrest tears asunder a tenuous unity pact stitched together in the aftermath of a tumultuous elective ANC conference at Nasrec in 2017, when President Cyril Ramaphosa emerged with a slim victory.

But a unity pact that shields the corrupt from prosecution was not in the interest of the ANC or the state. Magashule's arrest sends a necessary message that the putrid stench of corruption will not be tolerated. Further, the arrest upends the idea that powerful positions in the ANC and government shield leaders from prosecution...

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