Mr Ten Percent - How Ace Magashule captured the Free State

ToxicBunny

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Interesting article stating that the ANC reaction to the Magashule book is identical to that following the JZ and Gupta allegations, which we now know to have been 100% true. The loudness of protestations indicates that the book has hit its target: https://www.news24.com/Analysis/analysis-jz-shows-why-anc-is-bound-to-fail-magashule-test-20190401
100%....

I was in two minds about the book possibly trying to cash in on the coattails of Jacques Pauw, or at least be sensationalising things somewhat... After the ANC's response to the publishing of the book, I know its 100% accurate, and I WILL be getting a copy...
 

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100%....

I was in two minds about the book possibly trying to cash in on the coattails of Jacques Pauw, or at least be sensationalising things somewhat... After the ANC's response to the publishing of the book, I know its 100% accurate, and I WILL be getting a copy...
Save the money, unless you want to support the author. About 90% of the information is already known, just not in a single source.
 

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Save the money, unless you want to support the author. About 90% of the information is already known, just not in a single source.
Partly to support the author... partly to thumb my nose at the ANC through book sales figures...
 

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Adriaan Basson also piling into the discussion: https://www.news24.com/Columnists/AdriaanBasson/king-ace-finally-gets-his-comeuppance-20190401

Although Magashule was the most popular politician in that province, both Mandela and Mbeki knew enough about him to keep him away from the keys to the top office in the Free State and, by extension, the provincial fiscus.
Yes, this feels long ago, but there was a time in the ANC when having corruption clouds hanging over your head actually disqualified you from being promoted by the organisation.
When I visited Bloemfontein over the years to interview sources about allegations that Magashule was robbing the province blind, I was met with complete unsurprise. Yes, nothing gets done in this place without Ace's approval or involvement, I was told.
I am exceptionally glad that former News24 investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh took the time and effort to produce his excellent book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture, that finally blows the lid off Magashule's reign of looting and deceit.
Ironically, Magashule's elevation to secretary-general of the ANC has weakened his grip on the Free State. He can no longer keep things under wraps from Luthuli House.
 
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Problem for us, Ace's hold on FS has weakened.. his hold on SA though is just starting.
 

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Another view of the book:
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/art...-lays-bare-ace-magashules-free-state-fiefdom/
Corruption allegations have long trailed ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, but nothing has ever seemed to stick. In Daily Maverick journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book “Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture”, Magashule is dramatically exposed. Through meticulous investigative work, Myburgh details how the ANC’s secretary general established a network of corruption in his home of the Free State which drained the coffers of provincial government funds and left local communities further impoverished. The book should detonate like a hand-grenade.
Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book opens with the mysterious assassination of tenderpreneur Igo Mpambani in 2017.

It was Mpambani – gunned down in his car in Sandton – who would posthumously provide some of the most damaging evidence in Myburgh’s book. A cache of Mpambani’s emails, bank records and spreadsheets was passed to Myburgh by an unnamed source.
A number of Magashule’s supposed comrades from that era told Myburgh they had never heard of him before the unbanning of the ANC.

Writes Myburgh: “For someone who claims to have been so prominent in the struggle movement that he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hani and Mbeki, Magashule left a surprisingly faint mark in the memories of his struggle contemporaries”.
“Magashule had grasped early on that ascendancy within the ANC had little to do with winning the support of the general population,” writes Myburgh. “Instead, the road to the top was built on the very foundation of the organisation’s power structure, namely its branches.”

The book is replete with incidents in which Magashule appears to have “bought” supporters or abused regional processes in order to ensure his continued election to high office.
In January 2018, the Hawks raided Magashule’s office for evidence linked to the Vrede dairy venture. Myburgh’s information suggests that Magashule was tipped off well in advance, however, with “enough material to fill a small room” removed from the office of the outgoing Premier a few days before the raid.
Beyond that, however, the book contains such extensive evidence of Magashule’s wrongdoing that it should unquestionably make the ANC secretary general’s position in the ruling party untenable. Your move, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the NEC.
 
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Moyane gone at SARS and replaced with what looks like a competent appointment, NPA head gone and also replaced by what looks like a credible appointee, a new corruption busting body in the forming. State security being overhauled, PIC being investigated and patched up. The police reducing the epidemic of CITs that were allowed to proliferate because Zuma didn't care about anything other than sitting around counting his billions with the Guptas. SOEs being sorted out, Eskom conducting lifestyle audits and firing those suspected of cookie jar offences (granted SOEs are likely the toughest stains). And you still see no changes? Perhaps a trip to the optometrist & potentially an ENT specialists (at a minimum) - just to be sure your senses are too badly impaired?
Appointees replacing appointees with new promises. You cant be that blind or daft to now believe this crap?
 

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Been looking for a gripping book since the release of The President's Keepers.
 

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The investigative journalists in SA have balls the size of planets! I really do take my hat off to the likes of Pauw and Myburgh. I sincerely hope they have some very good security as it seems our gangsters running this country are capable of a lot more than just stealing...
 

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The DA’s Chief Whip John Steenhuisen was spot on when he said, “Mr President, you’ve been dealt a very bad hand by your party. I know you want a new deal, but the ace in your pack is actually a joker.”
 

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https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...of-book-linking-him-to-state-capture-20190401
NC secretary general Ace Magashule has told the media that he is considering taking legal action against journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh over a damning book about his political career.

“Let me not enter that space... you see I am worried, I’m considering going the legal route,” said Magashule when asked to comment on the allegations made in Myburgh's book.
Stop considering it then Ace, and actually lodge the damn court case....


We know you won't though, because then it goes from mere published speculation, to a matter of legal record.
 

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100%....

I was in two minds about the book possibly trying to cash in on the coattails of Jacques Pauw, or at least be sensationalising things somewhat... After the ANC's response to the publishing of the book, I know its 100% accurate, and I WILL be getting a copy...
They should have published a picture book for the actual ANC supporters.


/Runs
 

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CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress says that it will retract the statement it issued in the wake of the allegations of state capture leveled against party secretary-general Ace Magashule in Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book 'Gangster State - Unravelling Magashule's Web of Capture'. The book alleges that Magashule, during his time as Free State premier, tapped into the proceeds of a contentious R230 million "asbestos audit" deal awarded by his provincial Human Settlements Department in 2014.

The ANC said that the allegations were an attempt to deface the organisation in the run-up to the May elections.
In an interview with CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies, ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete said that after consultation with the party's leadership, it will retract the statement saying that there was an orchestrated media campaign against the ANC.

"We have consulted with our leadership as well as the officials of the ANC and I will issue a statement to retract what we have said in that particular matter," Legoete said.
https://ewn.co.za/2019/04/03/anc-to-retract-statement-on-magashule-allegations
 
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