Ace Magashule says new book just an attempt to smear his name

Ace Magashule says new book just an attempt to smear his name

- Ace Magashule has hit back at the claims made against him in a new book

- The ANC secretary-general says it just an attempt at character assassination

- He has also said he may take legal action over the matter

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ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule, has dismissed the accusations made against him in the new book 'Gangster State' by Pieter-Louis Myburgh.

The book alleges that Magashule has been involved in gangsterism, corruption and theft, among other crimes.

However, Magashule said the claims are just an attempt to damage his character.

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Likewise, some figures within the ANC have rubbished the accusations and come to Magashule's defence.

For example, ANC acting national spokesperson Dakota Legoete said that the timing of the book's publication - just one month before the election - was suspicious.

Additionally, Magashule has said that Myburgh has no proof to back up his claims.

He dismissed the book's assertion that he had lied to exaggerate his role in the anti-apartheid struggle, as well as the allegations that he was involved in the issuing of dubious tenders as Free State premier.

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As a result, Magashule claims that he is considering legal action against Myburgh, has gathered. 

Myburgh said he was not concerned about Magashule's legal threats, saying that Magashule could take him to court if he wished, according to IOL.

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These are not the first allegations of corruption made against Magashule, however. He has previously been accused of involvement in shady dealings with the Gupta family.

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