Ace Magashule

Ace Magashule gives a press briefing on February 13, 2018 – Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Ace Magashule claps back at Dukwana: “The man does not pay taxes”

Magashule had this to say about Dukwana’s fiery State Capture testimony.

Ace Magashule

Ace Magashule gives a press briefing on February 13, 2018 – Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, has had his say about the allegations that were levelled against him by his former ally and ex-Free State Economic Development MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana.

What Mxolisi Dukwana said about Ace Magashule

It is quite clear, by the looks of Dukwana’s recent return to the State Capture Inquiry, that there is no love lost between the two ANC leaders who, at one time, were inseparable.

Dukwana concluded his testimony on Wednesday with a call to have Ace Magashule sent to jail for the underhanded deals he allegedly orchestrated during his tenure as the Premier of the Free State province between 2009 and 2018.

Dukwana claimed that Ace Magashule was the central figure to all movements of unauthorised and illegally-obtained tenders, including the asbestos heist, the department scheme and other projects whose procurement processes were flouted.

He referred to Ace Magashule as a “Blesser to many”, due to the high volume of emails and calls his office received from officials who asked him for millions.

“I have a reasonable belief that the Free State provincial government under Mr Magashule was the only fertile ground in the country for this asbestos heist to be staged and executed.

“I submit that the involvement of Mr Magashule in this asbestos audit heist makes him unfit to hold public office or the office of the SG of the ANC,” Dukwana charged.

Magashule claps back at Dukwana

As expected, Magashule responded to the former MEC’s claims in the classic SG scoff that he retreats to whenever allegations are levelled against him.

You will remember that Dukwana, in his debut State Capture Inquiry appearance, had identified Magashule as the person who arranged for him to meet with the Gupta family, on two occasions.

The first meeting, according to Dukwana, was allegedly at the Midrand Sahara family business premises in February 2008, while the second one allegedly took place at the infamous Saxonworld compound, four years later.

Magashule, in response, scoffed off the allegations and vowed to challenge Dukwana in a court of law, a threat that never materialised, according to the former MEC.

On this occasion, Magashule took a similar stance and challenged Dukwana’s claims of innocence.

“The issue of the Zondo Commission and Dukwana is not an issue for me. Dukwana has said a lot of things, he says he has not signed documents. He talked about the new city and he told the commission that he did not sign any documents and we have documents to show he has signed. His signature is attached,” he said.

Ace Magashule claimed that if anything, Dukwana needed to explain why he earned a monthly income without full-time employment.

“The man is earning without working, without paying tax, he is getting money every month,” he added.

We fear that this may not be the last time we have heard from these two. Magashule has always indicated that if summoned, he would gladly appear before the commission.

At this point, however, there has been no such invitation from Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo’s commission.