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Magashule’s corruption trial postponed.

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The corruption case of suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has been postponed to October the 19th in the High Court in Bloemfontein.

Magashule and 15 of his co-accused, including businessman Edward Sodi, made a brief appearance in court on Wednesday.

The charges relate to the alleged irregular awarding of more than R250 million in an asbestos roof removal tender during Magashule’s tenure as the Free State premier.

It was the first time Magashule and his co-accused are appeared in the High Court after the matter was transferred by the Magistrates Court.

Magashule’s lawyer, Advocate Laurance Hodes, dismissed a claim that Moroadi Cholota had turned the State witness. Cholota was Magashule’s personal assistant when he was the Free State premier.

State advocate, Johan de Nysschen said a trial within a trial could be held to determine whether Cholota could be declared a State, defence or a court witness.

Magashule, nine others and five companies face more than 70 charges of corruption and money laundering, relating to the awarding of a tender related to the removal of asbestos roofing.

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