Ace Magashule implicated in R2m Gupta bribe offer to Free State MEC

Ace Magashule implicated in R2m Gupta bribe offer to Free State MEC

- Ace Magashule has been accused of involvement in the Guptas' attempt to bribe the Free State Economic Development MEC

- The Guptas offered the MEC R2 million to improve a major contract

- Magashule, however, denies knowing about the bribe or the meeting with the Guptas

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One of the Guptas allegedly offered a R2 million bribe to Free State Economic Development MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana, in return for approving a R140 million contract.

Of that R140 million payment made from public funds, Rajesh Gupta was set to receive R80 million for little to no work under the guise of consultancy.

Dukwana is set to testify before the Zondo Commission today regarding the incident - and he claims Ace Magashule was present when the bribe was offered.

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According to court papers filed last year, the Guptas invited Dukwana to their home, where they offered him a cash bribe on the spot with a further monthly payout of R2 million. 

Dukwana says Ace Magashule was present at the time, and that he, in fact, brought Dukwana to the Gupta residence, according to News24.

Dukwana says he was then pressured to sign a document approving a contract to develop the blueprints for a major project called the City of Tomorrow. While the documents in questions have reportedly been found bearing Dukwana's signature, Dukwana asserts that these signatures are forgeries.

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Magashule, however, denies pressuring Dukwana to sign any such document, has gathered.

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The ANC secretary-general maintains that he knew nothing about the bribe or Dukwana's meeting with the Guptas.

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