Accused in multimillion Free State asbestos saga to appear in court

The accused in the multi-million rand asbestos audit case will appear in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Wednesday. Seven people and five companies face more than 60 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering related to the irregular awarding of the R255-million tender.

Among the accused is the ousted Mangaung Executive Mayor Olly Mlamleli, Free State Human Settlements head Nthimotse Mokhesi and Blackhead Consulting director Edwin Sodi.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that only R21 million was spent on the actual audit of asbestos roofs in the Free State. National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson Sipho Ngwema says more charges are likely to be added.

Meanwhile, former Free State Premier Ace Magashule was served with a warrant of arrest yesterday by the Hawks for his alleged role in the awarding of the multi-million asbestos tender.

Magashule, who is set to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday, says he does not fear the arrest warrant. He further says he has done nothing wrong, adding that he will be in contact with his lawyers over the matter.