A Ruling Party Official’s Arrest Boosts South Africa’s Fight Against Corruption

Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National Congress party, at a bail hearing in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Nov. 13, 2020 (AP photo).
Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National Congress party, at a bail hearing in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Nov. 13, 2020 (AP photo).

A shock wave rattled South Africa’s political landscape on Nov. 10, when the Directorate for Primary Crime Investigation, a unit known as the Hawks, issued an arrest warrant for Ace Magashule on 21 charges of corruption, theft, fraud and money laundering. Magashule is currently the secretary general of the ruling African National Congress party and a longtime ally of former President Jacob Zuma, who is himself awaiting trial for graft. The charges against Magashule have to do with the awarding of a contract worth 255 million rand ($16.5 million) for work that was ultimately never done, as part of a […]

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