African National Congress (ANC) members are expected to arrive at the Bloemfontein High Court this Tuesday, as suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule and 15 others appear for fraud, corruption, and money laundering charges.

During the last court appearance in August, a few members of the ANC gathered outside the court, saying people have had to stay at home due to COVID-19 regulations.

A staunch supporter of Magashule, the suspended MKMVA’s Carl Niehaus says a large number of ANC supporters are making their way to the Bloemfontein High Court.

Security has been beefed up in and around the court precinct.

The court is cordoned off with barbed wire ahead of the pre-trail, roads at the precinct of the court are closed.

The co-accused include former Human Settlements MEC Olly Mlamleli, businessman Edwin Sodi and former Human Settlements head of department Nthimotse Mokhesi.

They are facing more than 70 charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering. The charges relate to the alleged irregular awarding of the asbestos roof eradication contract that dates back to 2014.

They are facing more than 70 counts of fraud, corruption, theft, and money laundering.

SABC News reporter Samkele Maseko gives an update on the case: 19 October 2021