FS capture must also be looked into – DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State held a media briefing where they called for investigation into all allegations made against former premier, Ace Magashule. From the left are Patricia Kopane and Roy Jankielsohn. PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State called for a probe into alleged new and old findings of maladministration and corruption against former premier, Ace Magashule. This comes after Magashule stated last week that he is prepared to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry on State Capture.

The DA revealed that it has compiled a dossier containing allegations of corruption against Magashule which was sent to the commission on Wednesday morning. The party calls for Judge Zondo’s commission to not only look at Magashule-Gupta links but all allegations made against him in relation to the Free State.

According to the DA’s Roy Jankielsohn, the Premier’s Office attempted to capture local media after allegations of money being funnelled to Gupta-linked media houses were made before the commission. “The bulk of spending on the New Age has been from the Free State, amounting to R79.3 million and of that R53 million is alleged to have been spent by the Premier’s Office alone,” said Jankielsohn.

Patricia Kopane, premier candidate of the opposition party, stated that revelations made before the Zondo Inquiry should lead to arrests. Kopane stated that E’tsho and Sedtrade should be placed under scope in their dealings with provincial departments. “Over the last weeks we have received information indicating that the manner and volume of awards to the two companies by provincial government must be questioned. What is even more serious, is that it has now come to our knowledge that they in fact are operating jointly as a consortium on contracts,” explained Kopane.

The long controversial Vrede Dairy Scandal was also highlighted. Jankielsohn stated that E’tsho has been receiving monthly payments of R1 million to manage the project. “This in fact comes down to milking 100 to 160 cows for R1 million. This is a huge amount to be spent on that project,” he said.

The DA made these revelations in Bloemfontein while Magashule handed over a renovated house to relatives of late United Democratic Front activist, Stompie Seipei, in Parys. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele