The African National Congress (ANC), Secretary General and former Free State Premier, Elias “Ace” Sekgobelo Magashule, appeared at Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday, facing 21 counts of fraud, money laundering and corruption.
He is out on R 200,000 bail and is expected back in court in February.
Magashule handed himself over to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Friday morning ahead of his court appearance following arrest warrant issued against him earlier this week in connection with illegal payments relating to the controversial asbestos housing saga when he was the Premier of the Free State.
The ANC heavyweight was added to the indictment with seven other suspects who have already appeared in court, including businessman, Edwin Sodi, whose Blackhead company was involved in the R255 million asbestos corruption.
The other suspects are Nthimotse Mokhesi, head of the free housing department, a supply chain employee, Mahlomola Matlakala, former director of human settlements, Thabane Zulu, former mayor of Mangaung, Olly Mlamleli, and Abel Monyeki.
They appeared in court, facing more than 60 charges, including corruption, fraud and money laundering, that violate the Anti-Corruption Law and the Public Financial Management Act.
The seven suspects are on bail of between R50,000 and R500,000.