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Edwin Sodi is seen outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court during a previous appearance related to the asbestos tender matter.
Edwin Sodi is seen outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court during a previous appearance related to the asbestos tender matter.
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“Asbestos scam” prosecutor Johannes de Nysshen says the State is ready to put Ace Magashule and his co-accused on trial – but cannot do so until the Supreme Court of Appeal has decided on their latest challenges to the evidence against them.

But that did not stop the suspended ANC secretary general from accusing the National Prosecuting Authority of “deliberately” delaying the corruption case against him, businessman Edwin Sodi and 16 other co-accused, “because they want to exclude me from participation in the processes leading to Nasrec [ANC elective conference at the end of the year]”.

In an address to the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein, Magashule’s advocate Laurence Hodes SC confirmed that the former Free State premier believed the NPA’s new indictment in the case – in which his former PA Moroadi Cholota had been added as an accused – was part of a “tactic that has been orchestrated or put together to prevent him from standing for his position within the ruling party”.

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