BREAKING | WANTED! Hawks secure arrest warrant for Ace Magashule in R255m asbestos corruption probe

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The story: ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is set to be charged with various corruption-related counts this week. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, confirmed that a warrant was issued for Magashule's arrest.

The details: He is expected to appear in a Bloemfontein court on Friday. The province's acting director of public prosecutions (DPP), advocate Navilla Somaru, issued the warrant. Hawks Free State spokesperson Captain Lynda Steyn said the DPP signed the warrant on Tuesday.

The background: The charges relate to a controversial R255 million asbestos contract which was issued when he was the premier of the Free State. Speculation that Magashule received kickbacks as part of the deal deepened when Edwin Sodi, one of the businessman who secured the tender, revealed that a spreadsheet, which contained the initials AM and seemingly detailed officials who were paid money or received gifts, was indeed created on his laptop.

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