On Tuesday, the pre-trial hearing for suspended African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule and his co-accused will resume at the High Court in Bloemfontein
Magashule, ten people, and five companies are accused of granting the R255 million asbestos roofing contract in an allegedly improper manner.
They've been charged with over 70 counts of fraud, corruption, and money laundering. The allegations stem from the alleged irregular granting of an asbestos roof eradication contract in 2014.
More than 70 counts of fraud, corruption, theft, and money laundering have been filed against them.
"As the prosecution, we are ready for the pre-trial meeting to begin," says Mthunzi Mhaga of the National Prosecuting Authority. However, there was an unresolved issue involving the legal representation of one of the defendants. We're hopeful that the case will be settled by Tuesday so that the court can set a trial date."
Thousands of Magashule supporters gathered outside the CBD at his last appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court in August, demanding that law enforcement officers not prosecute him.
The Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State has said that party members may only attend the court hearing in their personal capacity.
"As the ANC, we would not urge our structures to go as ANC structures to support ANC members facing corruption allegations." Individuals, not the ANC, can go to support people facing corruption. That is the ANC's stance, according to IPC member Oupa Khoabane.
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