Capetown- A warrant of arrest has been issued for ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule.
The arrest warrant is in connection with the Free State asbestos audit contract.Magashule is the highest-profile politician to face charges since President Cyril Ramaphosa took office in 2018 and pledged to crack down on graft, which became endemic during his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s rule. The government estimated that more than R500 billion was stolen.
Hawks Freestate spokesperson Captain Lynda Steyn confirmed the developments.
“The (warrant of arrest) was only signed today by the department of public prosecutions and given back to the investigating officer to be served on Friday,” she said.
“The investigation had to be complete before (an) arrest was made. The Hawks must complete the investigation first, and if there is enough evidence to convict such person, then a warrant of arrest will be issued.”
Steyn said that the Hawks were confident that it has enough evidence for a conviction.
“The corruption unit in the Free State has been working day and night on this issue and there is enough evidence at this stage to have a warrant of arrest issued,” she said.