Ace Magashule’s brother and daughter benefit from R300m Free State roads contract

Ace Magashule’s brother and daughter benefit from R300m Free State roads contract

- ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule faces fresh allegations of using his political connections for private enrichment

- Magashule’s brother and daughter allegedly benefitted from contracts worth R300 million issued by the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport

- They reportedly received contracts for grass cutting, road maintenance and other services in addition to receiving gifts from the provincial government

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African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general and former Free State premier Ace Magashule could soon be embroiled in yet another tender scandal. Fresh allegations have emerged which claim his daughter and brother benefitted from being politically connected.

The latest allegations claim that companies owned by Magashule’s brother Ezekiel and his daughter Thoko Malembe received preferential treatment from the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport when it issued contracts worth around R300 million.

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Both of the companies are believed to have received contracts for grass cutting, road maintenance and other services in addition to receiving construction vehicles and equipment from the Free State provincial government.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport embarked on a supplier development drive in 2016. The purported aim of this programme was to expand its contractor and supplier pool to include emerging companies.

The department awards contracts for road maintenance and grass cutting services to companies which are in this pool of approved service providers. Once awarded a contract a supplier will receive training and which is funded by the province.

According to a report by dailymaverick.co.za the new report shows that around 20 of the new companies in the pool were from the Fezile Dabi District Municipality which is Magashule’s home.

The report also claims that at least 10 of these emerging companies have direct links with Magashule or other senior ANC Free State officials.

Citizen.co.za reported that a group of companies who had been earmarked as being emerging contractors prior to the last supplier development plan which started in 2016, said they had not received any contracts since the new companies were introduced into the pool.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe has not commented on the allegations.

The latest allegations will come as yet another body blow to the ANC’s image after Magashule faced allegations of helping a company linked with his daughter win an RDP project outside Bethlehem worth R150 million.

Magashule was also accused of helping his daughter score around R9 million through a dodgy property deal which involved the Free State Development Corporation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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