ANC-versus-ANC man lays charges against Magashule, others

2013-02-12 18:46

One of the six ANC members who won the Constitutional Court case against the provincial leadership of the ANC in the Free State has laid criminal charges against Free State Premier Ace Magashule, several high-ranking politicians, officials, businessmen and companies.

Mpho Ramakatsa was part of the group of six ANC members who asked the court to nullify the ANC provincial conference that took place in June last year and to dissolve the provincial executive committee that was elected at the conference.

Today, Ramakatsa laid criminal charges against 28 people. He said the list was drawn up after a forensic investigation.

“I feel it is my right as a citizen of this country to speak out against irregularities,” said Ramakatsa.

He handed in a sworn affidavit at the Park Road police station in Bloemfontein, stating that the charges are related to the sale of land by the Ngwathe Municipality (Parys) – Magashule’s hometown – for the development of a golf estate.

“Officials and councillors of Ngwathe Municipality disregarded and circumvented policies and procedures, including legislative requirements,” Ramakatsa claimed in his affidavit.

The list also includes Thabo Manyoni – national chairperson of the South African Local Government Association and executive mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

Free State ANC spokesperson Oupa Khoabane said the conduct of Ramakatsa was not surprising. “They are now acting exactly like some of the opposition parties,” he said.

» Magashule’s spokesperson, Wisani Ngobeni, referred enquiries to MEC Butana Komphela, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

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