Friday, 13 November 2020 09:33

 

Photo Credit:Alon Skuy.

Former Free State premier Ace Magashule has handed himself over to the Directorate for Priority Crime on Friday.

His arrest is being processed.

Magashule is expected to appear in court on charges of corruption in connection with the Free State asbestos tender corruption while he was premier in the province.

Many people, dressed in ANC T-shirts, have gathered outside the court to show their support, armed with a billboard-sized poster of Magashule’s face.

Former North West premier and close ally, Supra Mahumapelo, is also in Bloemfontein this morning to show his support for the secretary-general.

Several other suspects were charged concerning the 2014 project and will return to court in February 2021.

The Rose Garden Park, which is situated a few kilometres from the court, is populated with several minibus taxis and buses carrying people. Magashule supporters from Gauteng started to arrive just before 5 am on Friday.

Magashule met fellow top six members on Tuesday and briefed them on his pending court appearance.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said on Wednesday, in a media briefing, that Magashule had made it clear he does not want anyone printing his name on T-shirts and protesting in his name.

He was adamant that he was prepared to see out the charges, Duarte said.

Court proceedings resume at 9 am.