- Ace Magashule's former personal assistant has directly implicated him in the R255-million asbestos audit corruption case
- She alleges that Magashule asked her numerous times to request payments from late businessman Ignatius "Igo" Mbambani
- If this proves to be true then Ace Magashule has a lot to answer for in the coming weeks
Ace Magashule is facing charges of corruption and money laundering after the Hawks issued an arrest warrant for the secretary-general.
He appeared in court on Friday where he was granted R200 000 bail by the court. It has emerged that his former PA has implicated Magashule directly after she submitted her testimony.
Magahsule's former PA Moroadi Cholota has revealed that the secretary-general often sked her to ask slain businessman Ignatius "Igo" Mbambani for money according to Sunday Times.
Cholota is currently studying in the United States and she served as his PA during Magashule's tenure as premier of the Free State.
Mbambani's company, Diamond Hill Trading, was involved in the asbestos audit which is at the hear of the 21 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering which Magashule is facing.
Diamond Hill Trading was tasked with auditing and assessing houses in the Free State with asbestos in their roofs.
The Sunday Times reported that requests made of Mbambani came up to R800 000 which matched the figure that the provincial housing department paid to Mbambani.
According to News24 Magashule use the money from Mbambani to pay for his daughter's school fees, smart tablets and a delegation's trip to Cuba.
Mbambani died in 2018 following what is believed to be a professional hit in Sandton.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ace Magashule was released on R200 000 bail after he appeared in court on Friday. He remains in his position within the ANC as secretary-general.
This is in stark contrast to the ANC's new anti-corruption policy which states that party leaders facing serious charges should step aside from their state and party positions.
The resolution was adopted by the party in December 2017 but appears to be taking a flexible approach to the policy. The NEC adopted the resolution in July this year.
In other news, Briefly.co.za had an exclusive interview with Ace Magashule where he said that following:
"Bring it on."
This is how the beleaguered ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule reacted to the warrant of his arrest in connection to the R255-million asbestos contract in the Free State. Magashule is expected to appear in court on Friday.
In an interview with Briefly.co.za, a nonchalant Magashule said:
"I'll present myself to the authorities on Friday. This is a war and I'm not prepared to retreat at this point. The enemies of the revolution will rejoice if I retreat. The target is the ANC, our task is to defend it with all what we have."
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