Magashule supporters left high and dry after court appearance

Supporters of Ace Magashule waited in vain for him address them after his appearance this morning. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

Supporters of the ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule were left disappointed on Friday when he could not address them following his appearance at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to the R255 million asbestos-eradication contract in the Free State.

Scores of supporters calling themselves Radical Economic Transformation (RET) Forces had come out in their numbers, defying gathering regulations of the Disaster Management Act, reports The Citizen.

“We are requesting comrades to close the programme even without starting,” former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor, Andile Lungisa, told the crowd outside the court.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe stressed that people should stay within the confines of the law when showing their support.

“The call we are making to anyone that might be coming through to show or display their support is that such must not go against the decorum of our own law-enforcement agencies. There has got to be order; where people display support they must do it in an orderly manner and respectful manner so that it doesn’t create unnecessary raucous,” he said.

The Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court moved the case to 11 August 2020 for pre-trial at the Free State High Court.

There were three additional accused added to the case, namely Nozipho Belina Molikoe, Thabiso Makepe and Albertus Venter. The three were all granted bail of R50,000 each.

Siyanda Ndlovu