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"You Can't Jump People On The List" - ACE Hits Out At Cyril's Ally

Suspended ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule is today appearing at the Free State high court in Mangaung, he is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption pertaining to the now-infamous R255-Million asbestos tender scandal.

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The illegally and unlawfully awarded tender happened in 2014 when Magashule was Premier of the Free State province, and in the matter, there are also other 15 co-accused, including controversial businessman Edwin Sodi.

Meanwhile, Magashule who has been literally consigned to the doldrums of political arena, after the ANC imposed a suspension on him for his failure to step aside in line with the highly-contested resolution, took some time to speak to reporters gathering just outside the court precinct.

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Since he has not been in the spotlight for some time, he was asked to comment on the political re-emergence of his former ally-turned opponent, Mxolisi Dukwana, who has been appointed as the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the province.

Dukwana was catapulted mainly because he is currently the Interim Provincial Committee convener, after his appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa who is his big ally.

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And, in typical Magashule fashion, he fired shots at Dukwana's appointment, saying it was improperly and unlawfully done, as he effectively jumped the ANC list ahead of a more deserving candidate to be sworn in the provincial legislature.

"Well, it is not my matter, I cannot comment on it. I am sure there is somebody challenging that in a court of law, as you cannot jump people who were on the list," Magashule said.

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He also touched on the issue of his own charges, which he has stated ad infinitum, that they are politically trumped up and concocted to paralyze his political career. He reiterated that even the media has poor grasp of what exactly he's been charged for.

"When I listen to the media, television and interviews, I hear people saying there are 70 charges against me, which are those charges? You're a journalist, just tell me about one charge," Magashule quipped.

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Politically, he indicated that despite his low-key and somewhat invisible participation in the campaign ahead of the local government elections, he is still active at his local branch, where he attends meetings and lobby people to vote for the ANC.

It remains to be seen how this matter will pan out, but Magashule will be hoping it quickly goes on trial for him to be vindicated and ultimately regain his prominence in the ANC, particularly with the 2022 ANC conference a few months away.

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