ANC supporters had set the T-shirt on fire in front of the magistrates’ court in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State. The incident took place on 13 November 2020 when Ace Magashule, the ANC’s secretary-general and the province’s premier from 2009 to 2018, had just surrendered to the courts. His supporters blame President Ramaphosa for his downfall.
The Free State strongman is being prosecuted on charges of corruption involving a contract for an asbestos removal audit in 2014. He shares the docket with 15 other people (10 individuals and five companies) and is facing 70 charges. He denies all the accusations levelled against him. He will appear before the court for the pre-trial of the case on 3 November, which also happens to be his 62nd birthday.
Elias Sekgobelo Magashule was born in 1959 in the township of Tumahole in Parys, Free State. Although he was originally
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