The Constitutional Court has refused to grant the ANC further legal appeals in the ruling party’s bid to keep its cadre deployment records out of opposition hands.

It is reported that yesterday the Court ruled that ‘it is not in the interests of justice for leave to appeal to be granted’ and dismissed the ANC’s application with costs.

‘…the delay in bringing the application for leave to appeal is minimal, the explanation for the delay is adequate and there is no prejudice to the respondent. Consequently, condonation is granted, but leave to appeal must be refused, as it is not in the interests of justice to hear the matter,’ read the judgment.

The ANC has now exhausted its legal avenues.

IoL reports that ANC national spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri said the party has noted the judgment.

She said the practice of cadre deployment was not exclusive to the ANC and other parties practised it and it is also done overseas. 

Bhengu-Motsiri said they will study the judgment ‘to ensure that it is adhered to accordingly’.

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