FS corruption extends further than Magashule - Cope
19:37 Mon, 22 Oct 2018
FS corruption extends further than Magashule - Cope | News Article
The Congress of the People (Cope) in the Free State says corruption in the province is widespread and implicates several other culprits, not just Ace Magashule, and adds that there is more to the rot.

Cope provincial secretary, Mzwandile Hleko, tells OFM News he is surprised that many of the MECs they have linked to this corruption remain quiet.

He says most MECs who worked with Ace Magashule and who are under fire now, have managed to siphon millions of rands off the provincial government.

OFM News previously reported that former MEC and ANC provincial treasurer, Mxolisi Dukwana, has committed himself to testify before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture.

In an exclusive interview with OFM News, Dukwana said between the period of 2009 and 2012, whilst he was an MEC, his department was involved in a multi-million rand project which could prove how this province has been captured.

Hleko says they have approached the Office of the Public Protector on this matter.

“We are even willing to go to the police and notarise a written statement. It’s one of the issues we have raised in our statement because you will remember that even the function that was held in the Free State, we took it to the Public Protector and we are still waiting for her response,” says Hleko. 

Hleko says since the court case of Dukwana came under fire, linking Ace Magashule with the Guptas, there was an impression that corruption in the province was about Magashule alone. 

In a statement, Cope has challenged all MECs who served under Magashule to come to the fore about Ramkraal's missing funds, the website, Operation Phakisa, Vrede Dairy Farm, and all other corrupt activities which has permeated all areas of provincial government.

Cope has further alleged that the MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Mathabo Leeto, recently, with the assistance of the MEC of Finance, Elzabe Rockman, siphoned R6 million off the department, using Macufe. Cope says the R6 million was transferred to the service provider with some flimsy excuse.

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