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Ace Magashule's Former PA Finally Spills The Beans

Moroadi Cholota, the former personal assistant of suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, has spoken out about her questioning in the United States by the FBI and the Hawks. Cholota gave a statement to a recognized news organization in which she described her interrogation by the FBI and the Hawks as threatening in November of last year.

The comment comes only days after the NPA notified the Bloemfontein high court that Cholota, her former boss Magashule, and business mogul Edwin Sodi will be added to the list of defendants in the asbestos removal case. According to the state, she will be extradited from the United States and charged with corruption. According to the NPA, Cholota has refused to assist with the prosecutor's office, which revealed last November that she was the state's crucial piece of evidence.

Cholota alleges in a statement signed on Saturday that she was never informed that she would be summoned as a state witness and that her participation in the trial would be restricted to the information she had previously supplied to the state capture commission. "Before tonight [November 13], no one had contacted, informed, or asked if I consented to become a so-called state witness in these criminal proceedings," she says. She believes that the news that she would be a state witness caught her and her family off guard. The second day of her questioning, she alleges, took place at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, when she was advised not to ask questions that would implicate her.

She did not describe the substance of the queries in her remark. This is when they informed her that she had forced them to treat her as a suspect, and they immediately handed her a charge sheet with her new charges of corruption, money laundering, and fraud. She claims that her legal advice advised her that this was illegal because there were no grounds for charging her. Cholota feels that if her account reaches NPA leader Shamila Batohi, ambassador Nomaindiya Mfeketo, and justice minister Ronald Lamola, her charges should be withdrawn immediately.

[Source: sowetan]

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