R150m Magashule-linked RDP project: DA lays criminal complaint

2018-04-09 17:26
Patricia Kopane, the DA's provincial leader in the Free State, lays a criminal complaint against former Free State Premier Ace Magashule over a dodgy RDP project involving his daughter. (Supplied, DA Free State)

Patricia Kopane, the DA's provincial leader in the Free State, lays a criminal complaint against former Free State Premier Ace Magashule over a dodgy RDP project involving his daughter. (Supplied, DA Free State)

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The DA has laid a criminal complaint against former Free State premier and ANC secretary general Ace Magashule over contracts for RDP houses awarded to his daughter's company. 

This comes after News24 last month revealed that the Free State department of human settlements awarded contracts worth R150m to Unital Holdings, a company in which Magashule's daughter, Thoko Malembe, owns a 30% stake. 

The report detailed how Magashule's office had been involved in a process that led to a rival contractor being booted off the project before his daughter's company secured the contracts.

The DA's Free State leadership, including provincial leader Patricia Kopane and Roy Jankielsohn, DA leader in the provincial legislature, laid the complaint at the Bethlehem SAPS on Monday morning. The RDP houses in question were built in an area known as Vogelfontein or Baken Park, situated on the outskirts of the eastern Free State town.

READ: PP asked to probe Magashule-linked RDP projects

The delegation of DA leaders was joined by local councillors from Bethlehem's Dihlabeng Local Municipality. 

The party said in a statement that it laid the complaint in accordance with the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

"These allegations must be fully investigated and if they prove true, Magashule must be held accountable in terms of the act, which expressly prohibits the use of improper influence to secure a contract for a public body or private organisation," said the DA.

"The DA looks forward to a timely conclusion of the investigation into Ace Magashule and his accomplices in the Vogelfontein RDP housing development who have robbed residents of their right to decent accommodation," the party added. 

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