‘Money meant for service delivery ended up benefitting the wrong people’

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The Free State African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) says the controversial asbestos roofing project is a typical example of how money meant for service delivery ended up benefitting the wrong people.

IPC convener Mxolisi Dukwana says it is now the responsibility of the ANC-led government to ensure that it responds to communities that have been left worse off.

“You have people who are charged for having done what the court papers say they have [not] done. In this case [we] are talking about asbestos roofing. A lot of money was spent and left the coffers of government, but it did not serve the purpose. Instead it enriched individuals and ended up where it was not supposed to have ended,” explains Dukwana.

Dukwana’s statement comes after suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule appeared in the High Court in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

Ace Magashule appears in court:

Magashule, ten others and five companies face more than 70 charges of corruption and money laundering.

The charges are related to the awarding of a R250 million tender to remove asbestos roofing.

The case has been postponed to 19 October.