Democratic Alliance (DA) has lodged an affidavit to the National Prosecutor’s Office (NPA) and South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate allegations of corruption against former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule.
Free State legislature DA Leader, Dr. Roy Jankilson said NPA and police should include investigating Magashule also as a former executive council member (MEC).
Complaints relate to corruption allegations implicating Letlaka Media Services CC appointment as a Free State communication service provider, and Magashule’s role in the controversial Gupta-linked Vrede Estina milk project.
With Estina, said Dr. Roy Jankilson, DA requests law enforcement agencies to investigate Magashule, former Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC, Mamiki Qabathe, and Finance MEC, Elzabe Rockman.
He said Letlaka’s contract malfeasance allegations took place in the Premier’s office and NPA and police must hold Magashule accountable. These allegations are both in the National Treasury investigations report and other related documents.
“Provincial MECs have executive authority to order investigations and issue directives on allegations of illegal contracts with the provincial government, and payments emanating from such contracts.
Dr. Roy Jankilson states that in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Premier and MECs have a responsibility to report illegal activities to the police, adding that Magashule and accomplices are complicit and guilty of criminal offences.
“Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act (12 of 2004) section 34 states that any person in authority who known or suspect a person committed crime and cannot act is guilty of an offence,” said Dr. Roy Jankilson.