The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday the ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule (pictured above) has acted with impunity for 26 years, and it is relieved the party’s long-running legal battles finally brought him to justice.
“Apart from the Vrede dairy project, Magashule has to answer other cases in court,” DA Member of Free State Legislature, Leona Kleynhans said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I just confirmed the Hawks issued an arrest warrant this morning against the current ANC Secretary-General and the former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule,” said Kleynhans .
Kleynhans said Magashule’s arrest warrant relates to an illegal asbestos housing contract under which the Department of Human Settlements used to launder R255 million in the pockets of various friends.
“We are happy that the man who has been plundering the province and impoverishing its citizens since 1994 will finally face justice.
“He acted with impunity for twenty-six years, and the DA’s long-running legal battle has brought Magashule to court.
Magashule has many other cases, including the Vrede milk project, to answer in court,”Kleynhans said.
In a statement on Tuesday, the ANC National spokesperson,Pule Mabe said the ruling party learned through media reports that the Hawks had issued an arrest warrant against its secretary-general, Comrade Ace Magashule.
“This afternoon, the Secretary-General advised the ANC he will consult with his legal team so they can best respond to the latest developments and get answers to this matter,” said Mabe.
Mabe said the ANC would monitor developments and provide updates if needed.
Magashule, who according to media reports is expected to appear in court on Friday, denied having knowledge of his arrest during a door-to-door campaign in Emdeni, Soweto on Tuesday, saying has done nothing wrong and that he is a law abiding citizen.