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AS IT HAPPENED | 'You won't remove me' from ANC - Magashule addressing crowd in Bloemfontein

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ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule embarks on a door-to-door campaign ahead of the by-elections on 10 November 2020 in Soweto.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule embarks on a door-to-door campaign ahead of the by-elections on 10 November 2020 in Soweto.
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13 Nov 2020

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."

13 Nov 2020

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."

13 Nov 2020

"The ANC has been infiltrated!" Magashule exclaims.

<p>"The ANC has been infiltrated!" Magashule exclaims.</p>

13 Nov 2020

Magashule now has the mic, and addresses the crowd of supporters before him, starting off by singing.

13 Nov 2020

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 Nov 2020

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 Nov 2020

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."

13 Nov 2020

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.

Become a News24 subscriber to read analysis and in-depth reporting from our team in Bloemfontein on the latest state capture arrests and court proceedings.

<p><strong>Casting call: Who are the figures at the centre of the
Free State asbestos corruption case?</strong>
</p><p>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.

</p><p>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.
</p><p><em>Become a News24 subscriber to read analysis and in-depth
reporting from our team in Bloemfontein on the latest state capture arrests and
court proceedings.</em></p>
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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.

13 Nov 2020

Ace Magashule confers with some of his colleagues in the courtroom. (Screengrab)

<p><em>Ace Magashule confers with some of his colleagues in the courtroom. (Screengrab)</em></p>
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