Now that JZ is in court the DA has found a new target: Ace Magashule

Now that JZ is in court the DA has found a new target: Ace Magashule

- The DA claims to have spent R10 million and nine years to ensure Jacob Zuma has his day in court

- The party has now turned its sights on ANC secretary general and former Free State premier Ace Magashule

- High-ranking DA Free State officials will lay charges against Magashule in Bethlehem on Monday

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Now that former president Jacob Zuma has been charged with fraud and corruption and made his first appearance in court, his old nemesis the Democratic Alliance (DA) have some spare time and resources at their disposal.

The DA reveals it spent well over R10 million and nine years to have corruption charges against Zuma reinstated. Far from celebrating the DA has now turned its full attention to African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general and former Free State premier Ace Magashule.

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Magashule has been linked to more dodgy dealings in recent years than a Gumtree con-artist, yet he remains a firm fixture within the top six leadership of the ANC. gathered that the DA has confirmed it will lay criminal charges against Magashule for meddling in the tender process of a R150 million housing project in the Free State. Unusually the party will send a delegation to the alleged scene of the crime to conduct an oversight visit.

The delegation includes some high-ranking DA Free State members such as Free State leader Patricia Kopane MP, DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlements Solly Malatsi MP, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Mbulelo Bara MP, DA Leader of the Official Opposition in the Free State Provincial Legislature, Dr Roy Jankielsohn MPL and DA Free State Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Leona Kleynhans MPL.

Magashule has been accused of nepotism and completely disregarding the official tender process in order to benefit his immediate family, in this case his daughter.

The DA said in a statement: “He’s believed to have meddled in a housing project in the Free State to ensure that a Chinese company, Unital Holdings, allegedly linked to his daughter, secured a lucrative housing contract worth R150 million. Further allegations are that tender procurement processes were flouted to ensure that Unital was paid nearly R70 million by the Provincial Human Settlements Department to oversee the project.”

Once the DA members have concluded their oversight visit they will head for the Bethlehem Police Station to lay charges against Magashule. The DA says it is charging Magashule for facilitating the corrupt relationship between the Free State government and Unital.

The DA have been vocal critics of the failed housing project and say the development will be used as a key piece of evidence against Magashule.

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