Ace Magashule tender scandal: FBI enters the arena as probe continues

Ace Magashule tender scandal: FBI enters the arena as probe continues

- The Federal Bureau of Investigation has allegedly paid a visit to Ace Magashule's former secretary

- This is reportedly in connection with the pair's alleged involvement in a R255 million asbestos scandal

- Recently rumours had circulated that Magashule's arrest had been imminent in relation to these allegations

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has allegedly visited Ace Magashule's ex-secretary Moroadi Cholota in the United States.

This forms part of ongoing probes into the pair's alleged connection to the R255 million asbestos scandal.

A letter reportedly written by Magashule's lawyer Victor Nkhwashu, who had represented Cholota in the past, revealed that the visit had taken place.

Magashule's lawyer had confronted local authorities over the FBI's visit. Image: Twitter/ @myanc
Source: UGC

TimesLIVE reported that the letter had been addressed to Hawks boss Gen Godfrey Lebeya, NPA head Shamila Batohi and NPA investigating directorate head Hermione Cronje.

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Magashule's lawyer confirmed in the letter that Cholota was allegedly visited by the FBI in the US where she is currently studying.

Nkhwashu has expressed his outrage that an earlier letter had reportedly received no response after reports surfaced that Magashule's arrest was imminent.

The lawyer noted that the DPCI had distanced themselves from these rumours but that Cronje has remained silent on the issue.

Nkhwashu pointed out that Cronje had only acknowledged receiving the earlier letter from his office but hadn't 'dealt with the substance of our previous letter', reports DispatchLIVE.

Earlier, reported that 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 last month.

Victor Nkhwashu, the ANC secretary-general's lawyer, explained that they had not been informed of an impending arrest:

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"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.

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