Pressure mounting for Free State officials involved in state capture

Pressure mounting for Free State officials involved in state capture

Pressure is building for the masterminds accused of state capture in the Free State. The ANC has called for a special National Executive Committee meeting for today and is expected to address accusations put forward by Pieter-Louis Myburgh.

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A special meeting has been called by the ANC to address government officials on the allegations put forward by Pieter-Louis Myburgh in his new book GangsterState: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture.

The book details how Ace Magashule had been at the center of corruption in the Free State during his time as premier for the province.

Myburgh accuses Magashule of clinging to power using undemocratic means, securing opportunities for his children using his position, meeting with the Gupta family on numerous occasions and using his position to influence R2 billion worth of housing contracts.

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Both Magashule and the ANC has condemned the allegations, issuing a statement to this effect. However, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has perhaps unwittingly unveiled resistance on the party's part to co-operate with the state capture commission.

According to News24, Mxolisi Dukwana, former economic development MEC for the province, had been called to appear before the Zondo Commission but had cited a delay in the acquisition of crucial documents as his reason for not presenting himself.

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Zondo has now called for a meeting to be held in the province to address these delays:

"I have directed that arrangements be made with the provincial government, particularly the director general of the province, to make it possible for investigators of the commission, a member of the legal team, a member of Mr Dukwana's legal team, and Mr Dukwana to meet in Bloemfontein,"

Dukwana is set to testify regarding his, Magashule's and the Guptas' role in a failed R80 million project from 2011.

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