- Ace Magashule and Minister Aaron Motsoaledi have been drawn into a high-profile bribery and murder investigation
- The High Court is currently presiding over the death of businessman Louis Siemens
- The politicians have reportedly been labelled persons of interest in the investigation into the crime
City Press reports that the politicians have been declared persons of interest in a 'top secret' letter from the provincial counter-intelligence agency, which is probing corruption in the Free State.
The trial begins on Monday and will see eight men facing charges including murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating the ends of justice.
Provincial health department former legal services director, Justice Finger, submitted an affidavit in the matter claiming that he had been informed of an alleged R5 million bribe paid to Magashule.
This had allegedly been in exchange for the approval of a license for CityMed Day Hospital, Siemens was at the time both CEO and shareholder of this entity.
Stanley Bakili, the businessman accused of masterminding the murder, claimed that he had bribed Motsoaledi with R154 000, allegedly to help fast-track the licence application.
The Home Affairs Minister has denied the allegations, adamant that he is opposed to corruption and would cooperate with investigations into the saga.
Magashule has condemned the allegations, adamant that they were aimed at tarnishing his dignity and claiming that:
“State resources are being used for factional political battles when they are supposed to be used in the fight against crime."
Briefly.co.za reported that the former Free State Premier has long faced accusations of corrupt dealings within the province.
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