The DA in the Free State has called on the ANC to pay back the money they allegedly received from the proceeds of the controversial R255 million asbestos contract. Seven people, including former Human Settlements MEC, Olly Mlamleli, and Blackhead Consulting director, Edwin Sodi, face charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering. Both the Auditor-General and the Public Protector have declared as irregular the procurement of the 2014 contract to assess and eradicate asbestos roofs in the Free State.

DA leader in the provincial legislature Roy Jankielsohn says, “The former ANC Treasurer-General Mr Mkhize has indicated that the ANC were the beneficiaries of donations received from Mr Sodi who is involved in the corrupt asbestos contract in the Free State. We believe the ANC must disclose how much money they received through this corrupt contract and also pay back that money to the people of the Free State. Our people in the Free State are hungry, they’re destitute, they are unable to get some of the most basic services and they need this money back from the ANC.”

In the video below, the accused appear in court:

Meanwhile, the SACP in the Free State has called on law enforcement agencies to widen their scope of investigations into corruption in the province. This follows high-profile arrests in the corruption case in which the seven people appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday.