THE CHARGES AGAINST ACE MAGASHULE
ANC Secretary general Ace Magashule showed up in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court regarding debasement allegations identified with an asbestos contract during his residency as Free State Premier.
The following is the assertion from the National Prosecuting Authority managing the charges against Magashule:
Previous Free State Premier Sekgobelo Elias “Expert” Magashule (61) was delivered on R200 000 bail after he showed up quickly in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on 21 charges of debasement and extortion, on the other hand robbery and tax evasion
The issue was deferred to 19 February 2021 for expansion of in any event three more denounced people on the chargesheet and to join Magashule with the remainder of the blamed. He was requested to give up his identification, he should illuminate the exploring group on the off chance that he wishes to go abroad and not to be in contact with any observers especially his previous secretary, Moroadi Cholota. In such manner, he may not, legitimately or through outsiders, connect with her.
This follows the presence of Johannesburg financial specialist and proprietor of Blackhead Consulting (Pty), Pheagane Edwin Sodi (47), head of division of Free State Human Settlements (FSDoHS), Nthimotse Mokhesi (61); Director Supply Chain Management at the FSDoHS, Mahlomola John Matlakala (42); Fourways finance manager, Sello Joseph Radebe (56); Pretoria money manager, Abel Kgotso Manyeki (38); previous Director-General of National Department of Human Settlements, Thabane Wiseman Zulu (53); and a previous Free State MEC for Human Settlements and previous Mayor of Mangaung, Sarah Matawana Mlamleli (63).
The seven were additionally captured by individuals from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), the Hawks, in the Free State, Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng. This is ensuing to an examination that was started by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which alluded the issue to the NPA and the Hawks.
It is claimed that different installments were made by FSDoHS to Diamond Hill Trading 71-Blackhead JV which Phikolomzi Mpambani and Sodi were the record holders. This is after the organization was designated by Mokhesi as a specialist co-op on an agreement of R 255 000 000.00. Mpambani was killed in Johannesburg in 2017.
It is claimed that in August 2015, Magashule corruptly acknowledged delight of R 53 550-00, paid on his solicitation towards the educational expenses of the little girl of a then acting appointed authority from Mpambani. It is additionally claimed that in June 2015 Magashule, acknowledged installment of R 470 000-00, paid on his solicitation to M – TAG Systems for the obtaining of 200 Electronic tablets from Mpambani.
Besides, it is claimed that in June 2015 Magashule acknowledged an installment of R 30 000-00, paid on his solicitation to S W C Nkate from Mpambani. Between November 2015 and January 2016, an installment of R 250 000-00, on his solicitation, was made by Mpambani to Astra Travel towards movement costs of an assignment to Cuba.
It is additionally claimed that Magashule neglected to report degenerate exchanges in negation of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004.
This is important for a criminal examination by the Free State individuals from the Hawks, the Free State Office of the DPP and other NPA like the SCCU and the AFU into charges of extortion to the estimation of R255 million was carried out in the arrangement of Blackhead Consultants for the “appraisal and expulsion of asbestos rooftops or potentially lodging”.
The examinations are finished for Mgashule as well as all the 13 denounced. We expect in any event three additional suspects to be captured and added to the charge. On the following court appearance the issue will be moved to the High Court in light of the fact that the examinations are done and we are prepared for preliminary.