By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Photo Credit: Alon Skuy.
The corruption case against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and 15 others has been transferred to the high court in Bloemfontein.
On Friday, the 11 accused and five companies implicated in the case made a brief appearance before the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court before their case was postponed to 11 August for pre-trial proceedings.
The almost seven-month long postponement comes as this is the only available date when the legal teams are available.
There were three additional accused added to the case, namely Nozipho Belina Molikoe, Thabiso Makepe and Albertus Venter, taking the number of accused to 16. The three were all granted bail of R50,000 each.
Molikoe was the chief financial officer of the provincial human settlements department at the time, while Makepe was chief engineer of the department, and Venter is the head of the legal department in the office of the Free State premier
Nthimotse Mokhesi, the head of department for Free State human settlements, could not appear in court because of ill health
The other accused are:
- Mahlomola John Matlakala
- Edwin Sodi
- Sello Joseph Radebe
- Abel Kgotso Manyeki
- Thabane Wiseman Zulu
- Sarah Olly Mlamleli
They appeared alongside five companies, namely:
- Blackhead Consulting
- Diamond Hill Trading 71
- 605 Consulting Solutions
- Mastertrade 232
- Ori Group
The accused face more than 70 counts of fraud, theft, attempted theft, corruption in contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, money laundering and contravention of asbestos regulations promulgated in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
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