The High Court in Bloemfontein has rejected requests by the suspended secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashule and three others to drop charges against her in connection with the R255 million asbestos roof contract.
Businessman Edwin Sodi, former Human Settlements director general Thabani Zulu and former Free State Human Settlements chief Nthimotse Mokhesi claimed that charges against them were based on evidence presented to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry.
Magashule claimed that accusations against him were politically motivated.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the verdict, saying it has full confidence in the strength of its case and will let the evidence speak for itself during the trial.
The privilege session will begin at 10 p.m.th of June.
At his previous hearing last month, Magashule accused the NPA of wasting time and lying to South Africans.:
Magashule promises to delete his name
Magashule has since promised to fight to the bitter end to erase his name.
In a December report last year, Magashule said he also wanted the prosecution to disclose the list of witnesses involved. His lawyers have accused the prosecution of being dishonest about the role of Magashule’s former personal assistant, Moroadi Cholota.
This was after the state announced that an arrest warrant would be issued against the US-based Cholota.
Cholota has apparently failed to cooperate with law enforcement officials.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that the contract for the removal of asbestos roof was not profitable.
In the Free State there are still more than 30,000 asbestos roof houses.
The Human Settlements Department has meanwhile promised that solve the problem of asbestos-roofed houses in the province.
During a visit by the department to Hillside Extension in Mangaung, rresidents, including military veterans, expressed dissatisfaction with the condition of their homes less than a year after occupying them.
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– Additional reporting by SABC News
Supreme Court rejects Magashule’s bid to drop charges of corruption in asbestos scandal – SABC News
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