PODCAST | POLITICS UNMUTED: Jail on the cards for Ace?

  • A warrant of arrest for ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was issued this week.
  • He is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday.
  • Magashule faces a string of graft allegations related to a multimillion-rand asbestos contract.

ANC secretary-general and former Free State premier Ace Magashule is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday in connection with an allegedly corrupt R255 million asbestos contract.

He faces multiple charges of corruption.

In episode four of Politics Unmuted, News24 political editor Qaanitah Hunter and News24 political reporter Lizeka Tandwa discuss the implications of his arrest, and whether he will step aside. 

Despite the ANC national executive committee's August resolution that those accused of wrongdoing should step aside until criminal proceedings are complete, the party seems to have done an about-turn.

READ | Ace Magashule's 'arrest' could hurt ANC at next year's polls - analyst

They are now seeking legal counsel on the resolution.

Tandwa, who was in Soweto with Magashule as he campaigned for the by-elections on Wednesday, describes the moment when he received the news that an arrest warrant against him had been issued. 

Hunter and Tandwa discuss the possible scenarios that could unfold in the coming months.

Both agree that, if Magashule does not step aside, it will have serious implications for President Cyril Ramaphosa's fight against corruption.

Hunter believes Ramaphosa will not "emerge as a hero", while Tandwa says he's "stuck between a rock and a hard place".

The pair believe that this is the NPA's chance to show their mettle, and it is crucial that everything is done by the book.

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