THE police are investigating ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. This week the police interviewed him at Luthuli House in Joburg and took a statement.
Magashule confirmed the police visit and that he gave a statement. He declined to say anything further.
It is believed that one of the matters the police were probing involved an R8 million painting by Jacobus Pierneef, a well-known South African artist who specialises in landscapes.
The painting was owned by the government when Magashule allegedly decided to give it to one of his bodyguards while he was the premier of the Free State.
Last month, Sam Mashinini, the Premier of the Free State, confirmed the police were investigating the theft of the painting.
He said so in response to a parliamentary question from Roy Jankielsohn, DA MPL and leader of the opposition in the Free State legislature.
“Yes, the SAPS is investigating the alleged theft, as per Parkweg case 1362/10/2018 theft of Pierneef painting to the value of R8m.
“The investigation was finalised. “The Pierneef painting has been recovered and was handed over to the office of the premier.
“The case was forwarded to the director of public prosecution for a decision,” said Mashinisi, according to a statement released by Jankielson.
The probe into Magashule comes shortly after the release of the book by Pieter-louis Myburgh, who claims to unravel Magashule’s “web of capture”.
Magashule labelled the book “fake news” and has threatened to sue the author.
In this explosive book, investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings, from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions.
Sifting through heaps of records, documents and exclusive source interviews, Myburgh explores Magashule’s relationship with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that enriched his friends and family but failed the poor; reveals how he was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general.
Most tellingly, Myburgh pieces together a pack of leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking new details on a massive Free State government contract and Magashule’s dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017. These files seem to lay bare the methods of a man who usually operated without leaving a trace.
In the book, Myburgh alleges that Magashule tried to force one of his MECs, Mxolisi Dukwana, to work with the Guptas, directing spending of R2 billion in housing contracts to politically connected business people and demanding kickbacks for the awarding of provincial government tenders, earning him the nickname "Mr Ten Percent" in some circles.
But Magashule told eNCA recently: "The man must appear before the court of law and tell the court how I was running the Free State. I was one of the most democratic leaders. I can tell you, this book is talking about my struggle credentials, fortunately some of the people are still alive…In South Africa, I am not fake, in the history of the struggle I am not fake. Things will be exposed in a court of law. These are simple lies."
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