Tuesday, 10 November 2020 15:22

 

Photo Credit:Alon Skuy.

A warrant of arrest has been issued for ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in connection with a controversial R255m asbestos eradication tender in Free State.

Free State Hawks spokesperson Capt Lynda Steyn confirmed that a warrant for his arrest has been signed by the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The arrest warrant relates to the R255m asbestos audit contract in the Free State, and Magashule is expected to appear on charges of fraud and corruption. Businessman Edwin Sodi has also been arrested in connection with the contract.

Daily Maverick broke the story on Tuesday, saying that Magashule has been given an opportunity to present himself to authorities.

Magashule is expected to make appearance at the Bloemfontein high court on Friday.

While allegations against Magashule have been aired publicly for years, most notably in journalist Pieter Louis-Myburg’s book Gangster State, a criminal justice system weakened by years of political meddling and capture has meant that he has been shielded from answering to those allegations.