Fraud & corruption case against Magashule, co-accused moved to High Court

The 16 accused, including businessman Edwin Sodi and former Manguang mayor Olly Mlamleli, are facing fraud, corruption and money laundering charges in relation to a failed 2014 asbestos project.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule appears in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court for his fraud, corruption and money laundering case on 19 February 20201. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey-Makhaza/Eyewitness News

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule said that he was looking forward to a speedy trial after the case against him and his 15 co-accused was postponed to 11 August.

The 16 accused, including businessman Edwin Sodi and former Manguang mayor Olly Mlamleli, are facing fraud, corruption and money laundering charges in relation to a failed 2014 asbestos project.

It was a brief appearance in court, where one of the 16 accused failed to pitch due to a recent hospital procedure.

The ANC’s Magashule told journalists that he was ready for claims made against him to be put to the test.

"The case has been postponed to the High Court. We hope for a speedy trial because justice delayed is something else. So we're looking forward to 11 August."

Eyewitness News understood that plans to address thousands of supporters who descended on the Bloemfontein CBD were abandoned.

Magashule, instead, walked about and greeted supporters.

Some of his close allies raised concerns about facing possible arrest because many here were blatantly flouting COVID-19 regulations.

Some of Magashule’s supporters who made it to the Free State included Ekhuruleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina, ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini and Mpumalanga ANC secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali.

The case has been transferred to the High Court and is now expected to start on 11 August.

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