The former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, embroiled in a multimillion-rand asbestos roofing saga, will today appear in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein for his pre-trial hearing, six years after the Democratic Alliance (DA) exposed the scandal.
The SABC reports that Magashule will compel the National Prosecuting Authority to disclose the full indictment.
The currently suspended ANC General Secretary, Magashule, is charged with 74 counts of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.
He is charged along with 15 others, among them former Mangaung mayor Olly Mlamleli.
It’s alleged that Magashule and his cronies profited from an asbestos roofing removal project, a fraudulent contract mainly written to siphon off R255 million from the Human Settlements Department’s treasury for politicians and contractors.
Magashule allegedly failed to alert law enforcement agencies about a corrupt contract.
DA Free State MPL Leona Kleynhans claimed Magashule received at least R1.1 million in direct payments from a contractor, Igor Mpambani, who was later mysteriously murdered.
Magashule made his first appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on November 13, 2020.
He was granted R200 000 bail on February 19, 2021.
The matter was then transferred to the Free State High Court for trial.
“DA is confident that the accused will be brought to justice and the allegations will be proven in court. As a final act of justice, leaders will be held accountable for their treachery and deceit, “explained Kleynhans.