Who is Ace Magashule? ‘I respect the Constitution, but it is not sacrosanct’, Wiki, Biography
Elias Sekgobelo “Ace” Magashule is a South African politician and an anti-apartheid activist who is the current Secretary General of the African National Congress. He served as the Premier of the Free State, one of South Africa’s nine provinces, from 2009 until 2018.
African National Congress Secretary General Ace Magashule heads to the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court on 19 February to face 21 charges of corruption and fraud dating from his time as premier of Free State province. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. If convicted he faces disgrace and a lengthy jail sentence.
He was born on 3 November 1959 at Tumahole, Parys
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the Constitution is “not sacrosanct”.
He adds, though, that he does respect it and its institutions.
Magashule has defended Jacob Zuma’s right to defy a Constitutional Court ruling, which compels the former president to appear before the state capture inquiry.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the Constitution “is not sacrosanct” and can be changed and challenged, though he made it clear that he respects it.
He also says the Constitution is “an important document”.
“Let me make it clear to you,” Magashule said during an interview on Newzroom Afrika, “I respect the Constitution, I respect the Zondo Commission [of Inquiry into State Capture], I respect all the institutions, and where we have differences with such an institution, I will express this view, and it doesn’t mean disrespect for the Constitution in a democracy.”
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) February 4, 2021
During the interview on Thursday, Magashule also told Newzroom’s political editor, Sbu Ngalwa, and talkshow host Thami Ngubeni that, in terms of the Constitution, “[former] president [Jacob] Zuma has his own rights as an individual” and that he never said people should ignore the Constitution.
“I have said, differing with judges doesn’t actually show any disrespect in a democratic South Africa.”
Magashule on Wednesday defended Zuma’s stated defiance of a Constitutional Court judgment, which compelled him to appear before the Zondo Commission – something that could constitute constitutional delinquency.
Magashule also rubbished the ANC in the Eastern Cape, as well as individual national executive committee (NEC) members, who have asked for Zuma to be disciplined for bringing the party into disrepute.
The matter is likely to be dealt with at the NEC’s next meeting on February 13 and 14, but it’s unclear whether there will be any other statements or meetings with Zuma before that.
Magashule attempted to dodge a number of questions during the interview by deflecting it back at the interviewers.
On the Constitution, he said it could be changed and that was why some people were agitating for the amendment of Section 25, which deals with the expropriation of land without compensation.