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"I will never leave the ANC," says Magashule. He says he will remain in the ANC, and he will campaign for the party. "You won't remove me, you will find me there."
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Magashule: "There is no cent that I have taken. I will explain. If you go to my account. I used money to take students to school."
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Magashule: "You can't follow a fool. Because if a fool says 'Ace Magashule, Ace Magashule is corrupt', I will show you corruption, at the right time."
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"The ANC has been infiltrated!" Magashule exclaims.
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Yengeni: "He was elected not by buying branches in Nasrec. We don't have billions. We have the power of organisation, the power of unity. Not billions. Those who use money to buy branches and delegates to assume the highest office. That is criminal, it is corruption of the highest order and should not be allowed."
13 November 13:47
Tony Yengeni addresses the crowd.
Yengeni: "We are not here as individuals, as just friends and comrades of Magashule. We are here representing the ANC, that is why we are here wearing the colours of the ANC. Black, green and gold. We make no apologies for coming to support the SG. We make no apologies for wearing the colours black, green and gold."
He adds that they fought and died for ANC colours. He says the media have proclaimed Magashule guilty.
Yengeni: "The SG is going nowhere. He is going to finish his term. He was elected by branches of the ANC in the conference. He will be removed by branches in the national conference who elected him."
Yengeni: "This is very serious war. This is a struggle. Many leaders in the continent were killed and assassinated for standing up and being champions of the people."
13 November 13:22
Magashule's supporters from the ANC NEC are on stage.
Magashule's co-accused Olly Mlamleli, speaking as chair of the ANC Women's League in the Free State, said they are side to side with Magashule.
"The law will take its course. People are not guilty till they are proven otherwise by the court of law. That is the message. All of us are here as members of the ANC led by SG, the engine of the ANC."
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Ace Magashule will be addressing his supporters from a mobile stage set up outside court.
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13 November 12:53
Casting call: Who are the figures at the centre of the Free State asbestos corruption case?
Over a year ago, former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana took the witness stand at the commission of inquiry into state capture and accused former Free State premier Ace Magashule of being a "blesser to many", for allegedly sourcing money from the public purse through an asbestos contract.
In his testimony, Dukwana presented a spreadsheet, which he called a "cost of business schedule". On the spreadsheet was the names of several of those who appeared in court this week.
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Court is adjourned.
Magashule is expected back in court on 19 February, along with his co-accused in the Free State asbestos audit corruption case.
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The judge sets bail at R200 000, "under the circumstances" before him.
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The judge reads out his preamble before making a ruling on Magashule's bail application.
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"The state does not deem the accused a flight risk. Again on a lighter note, where will Mr Magashule [even] go where he's not known, all over the world?"
On the issue of bail: "There must be a clear and concise indication to the public, that if you are charged with serious offences such as these, pertaining to, in referring to the fraud charges in particular, which amount to R255 million, and seen in conjunction with the corruption charges which is in the region of R800 000, then it cannot be disputed that this is an extremely serious case, with a lot of media attention, a lot of attention from the public..."
The State is of the opinion that bail should be set at R250 000.
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Advocate Laurance Hodes SC, for Magashule, argues for bail and is now going through the affidavit, stating that his client had cooperated at all times since the warrant of arrest was issued.
Hodes requests that bail be set at R20 000, and mentions that his client's assets have been estimated to be valued at around R700 000. Magashule's passport has also been handed in.
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Ace Magashule confers with some of his colleagues in the courtroom. (Screengrab)
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Vocal Ace Magashule supporter, Carl Niehaus, has not been allowed inside the court building.
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