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Corruption accused Ace Magashule granted bail of R200,000

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is one of eight accused in the case involving a R255 million contract to replace asbestos roofing on homes in the Free State.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule appearing at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on 13 November 2020. Picture: NPA

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has been granted bail of R200,000 by the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court.

Magistrate Amos Moos has set the bail with some conditions, saying that the decision was based on evidence put before him.

The magistrate is also satisfied that there's no likelihood that Magashule will commit any schedule 1 offence or attempt to influence any witnesses.

Magashule has also been directed not to make any contact with his former personal assistant, who has also turned State witness.

The case has been postponed to February.

The ANC secretary-general is one of eight accused in a case involving a R255 million contract to replace asbestos roofing on homes in the Free State.

Magashule handed himself over to the Hawks earlier today after a warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this week.

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Meanwhile, outside the court a crowd gathered with supporters carrying a large image of Magashule’s face.

A scuffle broke out when some leaders were not allowed inside the court.

Former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo was among them.

Mahumapelo said he believed Magashule was innocent, and although he and others got accreditation, police still wouldn't listen to them.

“We have accreditation and we were showing them how many of us had it, but they wouldn’t listen to us. We can’t fight the police. How do we challenge the might of the state?”

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uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans spokesperson and staunch Magashule supporter Carl Niehaus was removed earlier.

He complained that his hearing-aid had been damaged.

ANC members have defied the party and they are wearing party regalia despite the leadership saying they shouldn’t.

T-shirts with the face of President Cyril Ramaphosa were burnt earlier.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe was also at the court and said Magashule had complied with what was asked of him.

“The court has confirmed that he has been cooperating with the processes from the very onset. Each and every thing that needed to be done has been done. He was here at court and showed the necessary cooperation and this was quite encouraging.”

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