Trevor Manuel

Trevor Manuel slams Ace Magashule over corruption allegations

Former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel has unleashed on current ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule. Will Ace hit back?

Trevor Manuel

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel went on a bit of a rant against outgoing Free State Premier and current ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule. Manuel was speaking at a memorial service in Cape Town for struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The St George’s Cathedral was packed to capacity as Manuel went after Magashule for his failings to convert Mandela’s former home into a museum.

“The restoration of the house in Brandfort was budgeted for years ago. [Ace] Magashule has taken 11 years to fulfil his commitment,” Manuel told the church goers

Madikizela-Mandela was sent to her Brandfort home in the Free State in 1977. While at that house, she spent 10 years of her life in solitary confinement. She was excluded from society and left without basic amenities like sanitary pads.

With Magashule also so heavily linked to the corrupt Vrede Dairy Farm Project, Manuel referenced the millions that were funnelled to the Guptas.

“He speaks about the money as if it has disappeared,” exclaimed Manuel as the church erupted in applause.

“This is not a place of pain. This should be a place that you take your children and civil servants to remind them of Mandela’s words: ‘Never, never, never again.'”

Over the course of the last week, ANC members in their numbers have visited Madikizela-Mandela’s Soweto home to pay their respects to the family. When it was Magashule’s turn, he denied any wrongdoing and promised that the museum will still happen.

“I’m not personally ashamed because we have been in contact since 2007. The family knows there’s no government money that’s been lost. We’re pleading with the media to give Winnie a decent send off, celebrate her life in a proper way. Focus on what Winnie has done for the country, black and white,” Magashule told journalists outside the home

“The family clearly knows and we know there hasn’t been money that’s been lost anywhere. That museum in Brandfort will definitely happen.”

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the age of 81 on Monday. The country is currently in 10 days of mourning leading up to the state funeral next Saturday.