The civil litigation case brought by suspended African National Congress secretary general Elias Sekgobelo “Ace” Magashule and three others seeking to have fraud and corruption charges against them dropped continued Tuesday.
Magashule told the high court in Bloemfontein through his lawyer that the state failed to allow him to respond to the allegations of fraud and corruption before charging him.
The 62-year-old politician is also questioning the timing of the charges and says he did nothing wrong. Magashule said the charges were politically motivated.
State prosecutor Nazeer Cassim insists the former Free State premier has a case to answer regarding the dodgy R255 million asbestos audit tender.
Three other accused – Thabane Zulu, Edwin Sodi, and Nthimotse “Tim” Mokhesi – have joined Magashule in the civil ligation matter to demand the withdrawal of charges against them.
Magashule also complained about the state’s conduct regarding his former PA Moroadi Cholota, who is being extradited from the US to testify on the fraud and corruption matter.
However, the National Prosecuting Authority asserts that none of the orders that Magashule is seeking through his civil litigation “may completely be determined by this court of this time”.
Judge Naidoo reserved judgment.