- ANC ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has handed himself over to the Hawks
- Magashule is expected to appear in court today, 13 November and supporters have gathered in their numbers outside the court
- Big names such as former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni and MKMVA Spokesperson Carl Niehaus are there too
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has handed himself over to South Africa's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) ahead of his court appearance. Hundreds of supporters clad in ANC attire have gathered outside the court in Bloemfontein.
Among those showing support for Magashule is former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni and MKMVA Spokesperson Carl Niehaus. Twitter is abuzz with videos of the unrest outside the court. Supporters of Magashule are chanting and singing as they try to make their way into the court.
A video showing supporters attempting to break the barbed wire fence surrounding the court has also been shared to social media.
According to EWN, Magashule is facing charges relating to a failed multi-million rand asbestos project. While eNCA reported that Magashule's arrest is currently being processed ahead of his court appearance.
Take a look at some of the videos showing the scenes outside the court:
This video shows supporters attempting to break the barbed wire perimeter around the court:
Supporters singing outside the court:
Supra Mahumapelo and Carl Niehaus were caught in the middle of a brawl between police:
Briefly.co.za recently reported on Magashule after the warrant for his arrest was issued. Magashule is reportedly set to be arrested and charged for his alleged links to the R255 million Free State asbestos audit contract. Pieter-Louis Myburgh, the journalist who penned the Scorpio report, quipped that:
"A warrant of arrest has been issued for the ANC’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, in connection to the R255-million asbestos audit contract in the Free State. This time it is for real, we don't do fake news."
Upon hearing of the arrest warrant, Magashule, who was campaigning for the ANC in Ward 130 said: "I have not done anything wrong, I am a law-abiding citizen."
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