While the dust is yet to settle for suspended secretary general of the ANC, Ace Magashule who is facing charges of corruption and fraud amounting to R255 million in relation to the Free State asbestos tender project, his close comrades now have their own heavy burden to carry.
Ace Magashule's Free State associates face possible prosecution after they were referred to the National Prosecuting Authority for charges of corruption and fraud by the Special Investigating Unit.
The SIU found that we'll known Free State-based businessman Ben Moseme, who is a known associate of Magashule, allegedly committed fraud to score two personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders from the provincial government.
It is alleged that Moseme’s company, C-Squared Consumer Connectedness, which is known for organising the annual Macufe festival, allegedly scored a R4.9m PPE tender without following the proper procurement processes. This is according to the Special Investigating Unit report.
Special Investigating Unit also revealed that out of the five PPE tenders issued out, three of them were irregular.
This report by the SIU comes at a time corruption among government officials is rife, but the African National Congress seem to be reluctant in dealing with this matter decisively. Critics also argue that ANC under the administration of Cyril Ramaphosa seem to be dealing with the matter of corruption on who should be punished and not along factional lines.
As the ANC will be heading to it's national conference in December this year, factionalism is one of the issues that are most likely going to be tackled.
ANC veteran Tony Yengeni recently revealed that the comrades are not speaking with one voice which is why rifts within the party are growing worse.
Ace Magashule himself will be back at the Bloemfontein High Court in Free State on the 20-21 February 2022 for his corruption charges. He however maintains that there is no case as the NPA has not been able to present a witness implicating Magashule for wrong doing.
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