- The ANC says that it will be monitoring Ace Magashule's legal proceedings closely
- This comes after it emerged that the Secretary-General is now facing a corruption trial
- Carl Niehaus has confirmed that he would be in the Free State as the trial kicks off
The ANC has promised to closely monitor the legal proceedings against Ace Magashule to ensure he receives a fair trial.
The ANC Secretary-General is set to hand himself over to the Hawks on Friday, following which he is set to appear in court on corruption charges.
Commenting on the matter after a meeting with the ruling party's top six, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte says that the party remains determined in the fight against corruption:
“The ANC officials in the spirit of the 54th conference resolutions continue to condemn all acts of corruption and malfeasance. The officials will remain seized with the matter to ensure that the SG goes through the legal processes and that the process is fair and without prejudice…”
The SABC reports that Duarte had called on 'all sectors' to allow the law to take its course in the matter.
Meanwhile, News24 reports that Magashule's supporters will be gathering in their masses to show their support, despite warnings that the Secretary-General would prefer otherwise issued by Duarte.
Briefly.co.za spoke to Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association spokersperson Carl Niehaus who confirmed that he is currently heading to Mangaung ahead of Magashule's appearance at the local Magistrate's Court.
Niehaus explained that he would not be leaving his friend to stand alone during this turbulent time:
"I am definitely going to be at the Magistrate's Court in Mangaung tomorrow to support comrade Ace Magashule. He is my friend and comrade. Loyalty is the foundation of life, and I am not a good weather friend. I stand by my friends in good and difficult times. One soldier does not leave another soldier behind on the battlefield."
ANC Youth League spokesperson Sello Pietersen explained that 'thousands' would gather to show their solidarity with the Secretary-General in their 'personal capacity'.
Duarte confirmed that none of the ANC's top officials would be attending the court proceedings on Friday.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the warrant of arrest was issued over Magashule's alleged ties to a R255 million asbestos tender in the Free State where he had previously served a Premier.
Commenting on the news of the warrant, Magashule had claimed that the ANC's enemy is within the party itself:
"We are ready for anything. Aluta Continua. The struggle is continuing because the enemy has infiltrated the African National Congress. At the right time, we will talk about some of these things."
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