ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could soon be arrested to face several charges related to a R255-million asbestos audit contract in Free State.
A Scorpio report revealed on Tuesday that a warrant of arrest has been issued for Magashule’s arrest in connection with a contract the Free State government awarded during his tenure as premier in the province.
Businessman Edwin Sodi, various government officials and other businesspeople have already been arrested for their involvement in the lucrative asbestos audit contract which was unlawfully awarded from the Free State’s department of human settlements in 2014.
According to the Scorpio report, Magashule is set to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court on Friday and has been given an opportunity to hand himself over to authorities.
“We have learnt that he faces multiple counts of alleged transgressions provided for in the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, among other corruption-related legislation. It is understood that some of these charges relate to payments made to certain third parties with the proceeds of the contract, allegedly on Magashule’s instruction,” Pieter-Louis Myburgh writes in the Scorpio report.
Magashule spoke to eNCA’s Political Editor, Vuyo Mvoko, after news broke about the impending criminal charges.
Asked if he had received the warrant of arrest, or if he’s been asked to hand himself over, Magashule responded: “No, no-one. So, let’s see. If it happens, it happens. So, I’m not worried at all because I know I haven’t done anything wrong as a law-abiding citizen of South Africa.”