Friday, 13 November 2020 12:31

 

Photo Credit:Alon Skuy.

Magistrate Amos Moos has granted ANC secretary general Ace Magashule a R200 000 bail.

Magashule is appearing at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court in the Free State.

He handed himself over to the Hawks earlier today.

Magashule is one of eight accused in the case involving a R255 million contract to replace asbestos roofing on homes in the Free State.

A number of prominent ANC members have arrived outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court to join hundreds of party supporters who are showing support for Magashule, who is facing corruption charges.

ANC members including Tony Yengeni, former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, former finance minister Malusi Gigaba and MKMVA spokesman Carl Neihaus gathered outside the court.

None of them wore ANC regalia, but Niehaus wore the full MKMVA uniform and party supporters came out in their ANC colours and carried ANC flags as they sang and danced around the court.

Magashule was implicated in the deal and his former personal assistant faced questions at the state capture inquiry over requests for payments that she made on behalf of Magashule.

NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema says more suspects are to be arrested before Magashule’s next court appearance.

"We expect to add three more accused on the charge sheet before then and we are hoping that in February, we should be able to set a trial date which is going to take place at the high court. The investigations are done, we just need to add a few more people to the charge sheet and then we move forward we go to trial. The state is ready and we hope that things will be able to move fairly quickly given the fact that the accused now have the indictment with them, and when those three are added we should be able to start as soon as possible."

He will back in court on 19 February 2021.