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Author who exposed Ace Magashule’s alleged corruption stands by claims

Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book 'Gangster State - Unravelling Magashule's Web of Capture' puts ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule at the centre of state capture in the Free State.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule noting questions at an ANC press briefing on 22 January. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The author of a new book that has put African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule at the centre of state capture in the Free State says that he stands by his claims.

On Sunday, the Sunday Times revealed shocking details which are contained in the book by journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh titled Gangster State - Unravelling Magashule's Web of Capture.

It's been reported that leaked files show that Magashule tapped into the proceeds of a contentious R230 million asbestos audit deal awarded by his provincial Human Settlements Department in 2014.

The secretary-general has dismissed the claims as fake news while the ANC has labelled them as propaganda.

Myburgh said that he is in possession of documents to substantiate the damning allegations linking Magushule to dodgy dealings with business people who worked with the Free State government.

“These chapters in the book are based on documents, evidence and source accounts on government records and information that I obtained through PAIA applications.”

The ANC has described Myburgh's book as dubious and this is what he had to say: “It’s going to be very difficult for the ANC because they have to convince the public that the content of the book is all based on lies.”

The ANC said that it views the allegations against Magashule as highly personalised, calling this a vicious attack on its secretary-general and the office which is the administrative engine room of the party, critical for its election campaign.

MKMVA SAYS ALLEGATIONS BASELESS AND PROPAGANDA

The Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has described the allegations contained in Myburgh's book as baseless and propaganda.

“It is a Stratcom operation and the manner in which it is carried by some of the mainstream media seeks to indicate that there are those that want to prescribe to the ANC who should be our democratically elected leaders,” said MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus.

At the same time, Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said he was concerned by what he calls ANC arrogance.

“They have no interest of clearing their names [and] they have an interest of winning the elections decisively. And they will get enough people to vote for them and that’s what SA should be ashamed of, after all, every country gets the leaders it deserves.”

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