SA, the Tsotsi Republic: Anger erupts as Ace Magashule scandal explodes

EDINBURGH — Ace Magashule, as secretary-general of the ANC, is one of the most powerful politicians in South Africa. Investigations by amaBhungane journalists in 2017 revealed that Magashule is part of the Gupta network, with his son, Gift, on the payroll of the Gupta family – which played Jacob Zuma like a puppet while he was president. A new book, by journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh suggests that the amaBhungane revelations were just the tip of the ice-berg. In addition to helping the Gupta family steal taxpayers’ funds, the former Free State premier has the stench of dead bodies wafting around him. He is also a fraud, lying his way into the upper echelons of the ANC by claiming false exile and freedom fighting credentials. The ANC is standing behind Magashule. South Africans of all walks of life, and particularly from the former province he ran, have agreed he is a gangster, some even calling him Secretary General wa Tsotsi, as anger grows that the ruling party is not excising corruption from its ranks fast enough. – Jackie Cameron

By Thulasizwe Sithole

South Africans have reacted with outrage following fresh revelations that catapult ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule to the top of the state capture tree.

The ANC has accused investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh of fabricating information and claims his book is part of a media conspiracy to nail the party ahead of elections in May.

But, as Rebecca Davis reports for the Daily Maverick: “Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture convincingly makes the case that Ace Magashule is not just corrupt – deeply, spectacularly corrupt – but also potentially dangerous.”

She tells how Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book opens with the mysterious assassination of tenderpreneur Igo Mpambani in 2017.

Turning to Magashule’s earlier life, Myburgh discovered that Magashule’s version of his heroic anti-apartheid activities is “replete with half truths, ample embellishment and a few outright lies”.

Contrary to his public claims, continues Davis, Magashule was not a founding member of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) in 1979, nor the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Free State in 1984.

“Neither was Magashule arrested and charged with ‘high treason’ as a result of his involvement with student protests at Fort Hare in 1982, as he claims – though he was charged with public violence. He also spent five months in exile, not 18 as he later claimed.”

For BizNews visitors, the news that Ace Magashule is up to his eyeballs in corruption is another reminder that President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has vowed to clean up on graft, has an enormous and perhaps impossible job on his hands.

The Magashule reports come as Ramaphosa is grappling with allegations about his own son taking advantage of the Ramaphosa name to generate income. Andile Ramaphosa has been involved with Bosasa, a company that paid huge sums in cash to Dudu Myeni, former SAA chair, with the intention of passing this on to former president Jacob Zuma – who is her close friend.

Ace Magashule fought back, taking to Twitter to defend himself against the allegations in the Myburgh book – but the Twitterati came down on him like a ton of bricks.

Before long, the moniker General wa Tsotsi looked like it could stick.

Kamlesh Daya cho these guys r worse than the apartheid gov

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On Facebook, Jonathan Brinkman told Alec Hogg’s friends: “Apartheid screwed over the black population and other ethnic groups. These guys are screwing everyone!

Kamlesh Daya agreed, telling Jonathan Brinkman: “yip 100% correct how do they sleep at night only god knows🙉

Ryan Purvis
 was relieved to hear that there is no racist motive for corruption among the current crop of ANC leaders, saying:  “At least they are screwing all South Africans equally!

On BizNews, responding to the first review of the Pieter-Louis Myburgh book on the gangster state, visitors shared their disappointment that corruption continues to dominate the picture of South Africa.

Injala Apera said of Ace Magashula: “Just one of the many ruthless tsotsis wrecking the place.”


By the time something happens he would safely be outside SA with some of his other comrades in crime, IF something did actually happen. Most likely he will die of old age before steps are taken against him. Makes one wonder how deep the rot really is in the cANCer. It seems that all of them are tainted.”

It’s being run as a criminal enterprise.Which is why governance is in the state it is.The primary focus is wresting money out of the public purse by ever increasingly complex means, in fact I would daresay it’s their only focus as maladministration becomes the order of the day everyday under their tenure.When their constituents are mentioned it’s merely to placate them and give the appearance of representation all whilst the main focus is how much the next scheme is bringing in.Unfortunately we are enabling this all through tax’s which the mafia’s thugs and enforcers under the auspices of the mantle of SARS have proven very adept at leveraging out of the public while painting a benevolent picture of roads , nurses infrastructure tax is supposed to provide when in fact it’s more of a malevolent scenario with tax’s being redirected to Casa del Luthuli and services and infrastructure collapsing due to blatant theft.

Meanwhile, giving the game away that Ace Magashule really is a Jacob Zuma accolyte, the ANC secretary-general retweeted the following in support of his former boss amid the outcry about his alleged dirty deeds.

Here’s what the ANC says about reports that Ace Magashule is corrupt: