The Democratic Alliance in the Free State plans to present new information of corruption to the Zondo Commission into State Capture.
DA Premier Candidate Patricia Kopane revealed this during a media briefing in Bloemfontein this morning. According to Kopane her party has new evidence of the alleged wrongful leasing of government buildings during the Premiership of Ace Magashule.
“We have proof that the awarding of lease agreements to close allies contravened the Public Finance Management Act in every way. The lease agreements in each and every instance was signed by either Magashule in his capacity as Premier or the relevant member of his Executive Council,” said Kopane.
The DA claims that a building at the corner of Aliwal and Charlotte Maxeke Street in the Bloemfontein CBD is one of twenty that were leased during this time. Images of renovations taking place in the yet to be occupied building were distributed during this morning’s media briefing.
“The building has been leased to the provincial government since 1 February 2018 at a monthly rental of R726167,37, while it is still being renovated and occupation by the department is still months away,” said Kopane.
The DA’s revelations follow the release of a controversial book on Magashule’s tenure as Free State Premier. Kopane says although the DA has brought awareness to various alleged inconsistencies related to Magashule tenure as Premier, there is hope that the book, A Gangster State, will have an effect. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele