Magashule, co-accused to return to court

Johannesburg – Suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule is expected back in court on Monday, and he insists the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has no case against him.

Magashule will be appear at the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein for a pretrial hearing on Monday.

He is facing charges of corruption involving the R255-million asbestos tender issued while he was Premier of the Free State. He is charged along with others, including businessman Edwin Sodi.

In a case that has dragged on for months, Magashule’s initial appearance in court was in 2020.

The delays have given him and his supporters ammunition to claim that the State was deliberately delaying matters to keep him out of politics.

The asbestos corruption charges led to his suspension from the ANC.

This is a matter that he believes was unfair and politically motivated.

He said on Sunday that he was ready for trial.

“I am ready for the court. We have been asking the NPA [about] the prosecution. Remember, by law, we are entitled to the information. I am charged with what? Are there witnesses? Who are the witnesses?” said Magashule.

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