BREAKING | Ace Magashule hands himself over to Hawks, as allies gather

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule will shortly appear in the Bloemfontein high court. File image.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule will shortly appear in the Bloemfontein high court. File image.
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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has handed himself over to the Hawks at their offices in Mangaung, Bloemfontein.

Supported by ANC senior member Bongani Bongo and former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, Magashule’s convoy drove into the building just after 8.10am on Friday.

He will be processed before being transported to the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court where will appear in corruption charges.

Magashule was on Tuesday served with a warrant of arrest in relation to alleged corruption on a R255m asbestos tender awarded to businessman Edwin Sodi in 2014.

A large contingent of his supporters held a night vigil at a nearby park overnight and are expected to march to court.

They believe Magashule’s charges are politically motivated.

More senior ANC leaders, including Tony Yengeni, are also expected to show their support for Magashule.

A small group of Outa members held a mini protest outside the Hawks offices.

Meanwhile, many ANC members in the Free State said they were disgusted by the decision to “mobilise the structures of the movement to support comrade Ace Magashule during his court appearance on Friday”, saying this flew in the face of a decision from the party's national office bearers.

“It is our contention that the secretary-general of the ANC faces charges in his personal capacity and in no ways related to his membership of the ANC or his responsibility in the movement,” a statement — signed off by Ike Moroe, Tshidi Setai and Deon Leeuw — on Thursday read.

It continued that the support for Magashule “mocks the plight of the communities who are being cheated of their health and wellbeing by the scandalous asbestos roofing rehabilitation project”.

“We believe our movement is landing itself on course for renewal and the spurious efforts to support people appearing on corruption charges only serve to supplant that renewal effort,” they said.

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