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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
The body of Igo Mpambani after he was killed in Sandton in 2017. The cops found R1m in his Bentley. Igo was en route to Bloemfontein. Leaked files unpacked in #GangsterState link #AceMagashule to cash from Igo’s R255m ‘asbestos audit’ in the Free State. [pic. Sandton Chronicle] pic.twitter.com/0V4VxtHPJH
— Pieter-Louis Myburgh (@PLMyburgh) March 31, 2019
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.
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.
— ALETTAHA☺♥☀ (@ALETTAHA) April 2, 2019
What is SCARY is ANC defending Ace Magashule against corruption allegations just as it did Zuma few years ago, a decision but regretted in 2017.
— Akanyang Merementsi (@AkanyangM) March 31, 2019
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.
Ok, so Marikane is fake news?
Life Esemdeni is fake news?
Eskom loadshedding is fake news?
1% growth is fake news?
High unemployment is fake news?
Gupta's and Bosassa is fake news?
From where I'm sitting, the only fake news is your tweet.
— Imraan (@8acus) March 31, 2019
Ace you and many of your cadres have sold out our freedom for a few bucks ,your liberation journey must have taught you buggerall now you and your movement comes across like s greedy bunch of stupids ,you messed up Mandela's struggle
— Basil Hendricks (@Basilspikejones) March 31, 2019
Kamlesh Daya cho these guys r worse than the apartheid gov
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To be honest with you Mr Ace as I am Free State born and bred, I'm dissapointed and I can look you in the face and tell you that you're selfish,greedy and very corrupt individual who only knows people when in need of their votes.
— Lebohang J Lebona!! (@lebstikano) April 2, 2019
Secretary General watsotsi
— iQuant (@masango1) March 31, 2019
On Facebook, Jonathan Brinkman told Alec Hogg’s friends: “Apartheid screwed over the black population and other ethnic groups. These guys are screwing everyone!
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.
said of Ace Magashula: “Just one of the many ruthless tsotsis wrecking the place.”
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