Ace Magashule Urges Authorities to Clear His Name from Asbestos Saga
Ace Magashule is currently having a tough time after his suspension from the post of secretary-general of African National Congress (ANC). He also represented Free State premier as well. The latest is that he appears before the Bloemfontein High Court, South Africa in relation to a court case filed against him and others.
Magashule is facing a legal trial after his name along with ten others appeared in over 70 charges of money laundering, corruption and fraud. The charges leveled against him and others basically relate to a multimillion contract of asbestos removal roofing.
Now, after appearing in court and having repeated trials, Ace Magashule, Edwin Sodi and Thabani Zulu (former Human Settlements head) simply want their charges to be dropped against them. They affirm to the court that the case relate to them is mainly premised only on the evidence collected before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
It was revealed that Magashule also wants the prosecution to disclose all their witnesses in the case. It's because his lawyers earlier witnessed them of being dishonest regarding Moroadi Cholota, who's Meghashul's former personal assistant.
It all happened after an arrest warrant was about to be issued against the US-based Cholota. It's learnt that Cholota almost failed to cooperate with the officials.
Magashule has given a 47 page long affidavit in the court blaming his political arch rival named Mxolisi Dukwana. The affidavit also discusses how he fired Dukwana 9 years ago.
This is what he has to say, “He [Dukwana] was not only fired by me, he was also fired by [Mosiuoa] Lekota and others … and then I fired him. It was not me firing him but it was the ANC provincial executive, that is why they hate it,” Magashule adds.
The R255 million asbestos roof eradication contracts was actually awarded to Diamond Hill Trading and Blackhead Consulting in October 2014.
It was then in July 2019 when President Cyril Ramaphosa chose to sign proclamation. It was then the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) had to intervene to probe the multimillion dollar asbestos contract.