Dec 1, 2021

Suspended ANC SG Ready To Testify In The Free State Asbestos Case

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Mr Magashule and his 15 co-accused are back at the Free state high court over the asbestos corruption case.

FILE PHOTO: Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and fired Luthuli house staffer Carl Niehaus are at the Free state high court to support Ace Magashule in his asbestos corruption case. PICTURE: Power/Twitter

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FREE STATE: Suspended ANC secretary-general Mr Ace Magashule says he’s ready to take the stand in his corruption case. 

Mr Magashule and his 15 co-accused are back at the Free state high court over the asbestos corruption case.

They are facing charges of fraud and money laundering relating to the R255-million asbestos tender fraud in the Free State when Mr Magashule was still the province’s premier.

“I want to be in the box so that South Africans should know what is happening in this country,” says Mr Magashule.

Mr Magashule spoke to the media outside the court. 

He also encouraged all ANC members to remain in the ANC despite attempts by certain individuals to try to remove them from the organisation.

“Remain loyal of the African National Congress. Don’t allow anybody to come into your house and take over your house. The ANC is the people’s organisation and we all belong to this movement. It is our movement.” 

Mr Magashule believes that the corruption charges brought against him and 15 co-accused in relation to the R255-million asbestos eradication tender that was awarded during his time as premier were mainly politically inspired.

He said the postponements are wasting his time. It’s been almost a year since he was first charged in the case and about five months since the party’s leadership forced him to step down — effectively sidelining him from the ANC’s mainstream activities.

Still, he is planning something. “One of these days you will see an event. I will invite you,” he said.

“It will be one of the huge events,” he added.

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