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ANC dismisses charges against Limpopo Premier

Reports have surfaced that Cassel Mathale could face charges of money laundering.

Reports have surfaced that Cassel Mathale could face charges of money laundering.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo on Sunday dismissed reports that Premier Cassel Mathale could face charges along with his ally, former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema.

The Sunday Independent reported that Mathale could be charged with money laundering because businessmen close to him benefited through irregular tenders from the provincial government.

Malema appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court this week, facing a charge of money laundering.

Malema was released on R10,000 bail.

The Limpopo ANC's Makonde Mathivha said Mathale is the victim of political conspiracy.

"We want people to be given a fair hearing. It must not be something that is concocted in political meetings."

Mathivha said Mathale has the full backing of the ANC in the province.

"We are behind him and we understand what is happening.

"If he's arrested and goes to court - we will go there with him.

He said the premier is facing a trial by media and has called on authorities to arrest Mathale if there is indeed evidence of corruption.