- Rumours are circulating that Ace Magashule's arrest is looming, with the Hawks expected to swoop in on the politician
- However, the ANC secretary-general's lawyer Victor Nkhwashu says that they have not been informed of a warrant of arrest
- The Hawks have reportedly also dismissed the rumours as fake news as word of a possible fightback brewing amongst Magashule's supporters
Ace Magashule and his lawyer say they have no idea whether or not a warrant of arrest against the politician has been granted after rumours of a Hawks clampdown circulated on Tuesday.
Victor Nkhwashu, the ANC secretary-general's lawyer, explained that they had not been informed of an impending arrest:
"We have not been informed about a warrant of arrest issued against our client. Save for the news article that is circulating in the media."
Nkhwashu is said to have reached out to both the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority for more information, while the Hawks have denied any issuing of a warrant against Magashule, reports News24.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi has dubbed the information as fake, commenting that perhaps there is 'another Hawks we are not aware of'.
Magashule has been in the spotlight over links to questionable deals in the Free State province from his time as Premier.
ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe says that Magashule will write to the National Prosecuting Authority to establish whether or not his arrest is truly pending.
Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Mabe denied that this move would constitute 'political meddling' explaining that establishing the authenticity of a matter like this was vital at a time when social media help false information 'grow legs'.
The ANC Youth League in the Free State, often viewed as firm supporters of the secretary-general, has responded to the rumours commenting in a statement that:
"We know that the ultimate plan is to create a political embarrassment to the secretary-general of the ANC through concocting allegations and have the court case against him."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Hawks made a number of arrests relating to the R255 million asbestos deal, with seven people including Edwin Sodi taken into custody.
Magashule is rumoured to have been involved in the controversial deal in addition to alleged involvement in the failed Estina dairy farm project.
On Tuesday, the Asset Forfeiture Unit closed in on Sodi, seizing luxury vehicles including a Ferrari, Bentley and Porsche worth around R2-3 million each.
This comes as the AFU seeks to recover funding illegally gained through criminal activity by the now-infamous businessman.
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