A new book by journalist, Pieter-Louis Myburgh called Gangster State: Unraveling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture documents just how Ace Magashule's corrpution has captured the Free State among other political matters.
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According to a report by News24, the ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule has stood at the head of the well organised state-capture network in Free State for over a decade. It is believed this network has scooped millions of Rands from tax payers' money in schemes run my Magashule which benefitted people like former president Jacob Zuma, the Gupta family, some of the Magashule children, the former provincial premiere as well as a number of ANC politicians through various government schemes.
The book also reveals how Magashule used undemocratic means to cling to power in the Free State; helped facilitate government business for at least one of his children while another worked for the Guptas; meetings with the Guptas on various occasions to discuss business dealings; and using his position as premiere to influence and direct spending of R2-billion in housing contracts to politically connected business people.
The book also scrutinises whether Jacob Zuma received a fee from one of the Free States' failed provincial housing projects while it id believed the ANCE benefitted from cash directly in both cash and kind.
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Myburgh spent a year investigating Magashule's networks, including his bank accounts, so see how the money was moved to whom and by who's order. All the evidence he captured pointed to the ANC secretary general.
The book also contains leaked emails and other documents implicating Magashule in the R255m RDP housing contract with asbestos in the ceilings that Igo Mpambani and his business partner scored a whopping R230 million pure profit. They splashed out millions of rand on property and luxury cars as well as making a hefty payment to someone titled as AM in the books. Myburgh believes that Magashule played a huge part in the asbestos auditing scheme.
Myburgh sent Magashule a list of more than 60 questions regarding the allegations in the book, but Magashule declined to comment.
The book also names Zizi Kodwa, a senior ANC leader for irregular government contracts, but Kodwa too declined to comment on any allegations in the book.
Myburgh's Gangster State is the first comprehensive audit of Magashule's activities. He has been accused for various illegal dealings in the past but was never charged or convicted of any of them. The Scorpions was close to arresting Magashule in 2008, but it was dismantled by the ANC just before they could do it.
Myburgh's sources in the book revealed that Magashule knew what contracts and tenders were the most valuable and had the final say over the Free State's disbursements. He knew when the companies were dur to receive money from his government and would quickly collect his share once payment was made. He also preferred to deal in cash to avoid any trails coming back to him.
The journalist wrote that his book clearly implicates Magashule as the head of the well organised State-capture. He even wrote that Magashule was known as Mr 10 Percent, because he often demanded a 10 percent cut from each government contract in the province.
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