Magashule corruption case postponed to 3 November for pre-trial hearing
Magashule and his 15 co-accused on Tuesday appeared briefly at the Bloemfontein High Court.
A branch in the Vhembe district said it would host suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule during the ANC’s 110th birthday celebration. Picture: Gallo Images/Frikkie Kapp
The corruption case of suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday was postponed to 3 November 2021 for a pre-trial hearing.
Magashule and his 15 co-accused appeared briefly at the Bloemfontein High Court, but the case was postponed to allow lawyers for some of the accused to consult with their clients.
Magashule and the co-accused, 10 individuals and five companies, face over 70 charges including theft, corruption and money laundering in connection with a R255 million asbestos roof eradication tender.
The contract is alleged to have been irregularly awarded by the Free State provincial government in 2014 when Magashule was the province’s premier.
Magashule claims he is innocent and the charges against him are politically orchestrated.
Earlier, speaking to journalists before his court appearance, he complained about the slow pace in getting the case to trial.
Magashule said he was eagerly awaiting to testify in the trial and prove his innocence.
“I want to be in the box so that South Africans can know what is happening in this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the prosecution was ready to proceed with the corruption trial.
“On our part as the prosecution, we believe that we have a formidable case [and] we have witnesses to testify in order to sustain these charges, and we have always been ready to proceed in this matter,” Mhaga said.
Compiled by Thapelo Lekabe
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