Citizen Reporter
2 minute read
9 Jun 2022
5:35 pm

Magashule says Ramaphosa must face same treatment as he did, after Dollargate

Citizen Reporter

'When it was allegations against us, people said we are corrupt,' said Magashule, asking for action against the president.

Former general-secretary of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashule addresses residents on 8 June 2022 in Arlington, South Africa. Photo: Gallo Images/Volksblad/Mlungisi Louw

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has weighed in on the $4 million robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Limpopo farm.

Ramaphosa has come under increasing public pressure to come clean on the robbery at his Phala Phala farm in Waterberg, Limpopo, which is said to have taken place on 9 February 2020.

This came after former State Security Agency (SSA) director-general Arthur Fraser last week laid criminal charges against the president of money laundering, kidnapping and corruption.

Fraser had claimed that the suspects who broke into the president’s property were subsequently kidnapped, interrogated and paid off to keep silent.

Speaking to the media during his visit to Arlington in Free State, Magashule said equal justice should be meted out to all, including Ramaphosa

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“Justice must have eyes for all of us and we are watching South Africa, we are watching the Integrity Committee of the African National Congress [ANC] and we are watching the people of South Africa.

“Allegations any ways are allegations, but because when it was allegations against us, people said we are corrupt. Now I hear people defending themselves and I say we must be treated the same.”

“You know the laws of South Africa in terms of finances how much you can bring into the country, how much dollars and rands whatever. I leave that to the organs of state and I hope they will have eyes for all of us,” the suspended ANC secretary-general added.

The ANC has since confirmed that Ramaphosa would voluntarily present himself to the party’s integrity commission following a National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Monday.

The governing party said the ANC president would be afforded the opportunity to address Fraser’s allegations.

Step aside

Meanwhile, Magashule also indicated that he will contest the ANC’s 55th ANC national elective conference in December if nominated.

The ANC secretary-general was suspended by the ANC last year after failing to step aside.

He is not allowed to attend organisational activities or represent the ANC in any activities.

Magashule, who is is facing a string of charges in connection to the 2014 asbestos audit tender, will be back in the dock at the Bloemfontein High Court on Friday.

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He has previously sought to have the charges against him dropped, but this application was dismissed with costs in March this year.

The ANC secretary-general has maintained he is innocent, and claims the charges against him are politically orchestrated.

The case dates back to 2014, when the Free State human settlements department awarded a contract worth R255 million to Diamond Hill and Blackhead Consulting.