The African National Congress briefs the media on the outcomes of the meeting of National Officials around the latest developments within the party.
The briefing is be led by Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte and Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile.
The ANC is expected to delve into issues around the party’s Secretary General Ace Magashule, who was on Tuesday issued with a warrant of arrest by the Hawks.
The warrant relates to Magashule’s involvement in his role in awarding a R255-million asbestos tender during his time as Premier of the Free State.
Magashule, who is expected to hand himself over to law enforcement, will appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The Hawks have since said they will engage with Magashule’s legal team during the course of the week.
The former Premier has told the media that he doesn’t fear the arrest warrant and says he has done nothing wrong.
In the video below, SABC News Reporter Samkele Maseko unpacks details around the warrant of arrest:
High profile arrests
Seven people and five companies face more than 60 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in relation to the Free State asbestos project that dates back to 2014.
Among the accused are other high ranking ANC officials, including ousted Mangaung executive mayor Olly Mlamleli, Free State Human Settlements head Nthimotse Mokhesi; and businessman Edwin Sodi, who is Consulting Director at Blackbeard.
Their case has been postponed to February 2021 following their appearance in court earlier today.
Both the Auditor-General and the Public Protector declared as irregular the procurement of the 2014 contract to assess and eradicate asbestos roofs in the province.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that only R21- million was spent on the actual audit of asbestos roofs in the province.
In the video below, SABC News Reporter Palesa Moeti outlines details of the case as the seven accused appeared in court earlier: