“The enemy has infiltrated the African National Congress.”
This is how Ace Magashule responded to the Hawks’ warrant of arrest against him. It has been confirmed that the long-awaited warrant of arrest for Magashule has granted, and the ANC Secretary-General is expected to hand himself to the authorities on Friday in Bloemfontein.
Magashule will face charges of fraud and corruption emanating from the controversial asbestos deal involving businessman Edwin Sodi’s company among other charges.
As it was expected, the so-called radical economic transformation agents such as the ANC’s Military veterans led by Carl Neihaus were quick to react and show their ‘anger’ over the latest developments regarding one of their allies.
Following Magashule’s sentiments, Niehaus and Ekurhuleni mayor, Mzwandle Masina also sang to the same tune and even suggested that law enforcement agencies are being used as ‘tools for factional targeting and political infighting’ within the ANC.
The long-held and baseless belief from Magashule and his cult is that president Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies are using law enforcement agencies to fight their own political battles in the ANC, with the likes of Magashule and former president Jacob Zuma being direct targets.
Now, it must be noted that this is the same playbook that Zuma used prior to his presidency, accusing former president Thabo Mbeki of fighting his political battles using state resources.
Same script, different cast.
To date, Zuma is still using the same tactic against the incumbent president, and Magashule and his cult are borrowing from Zuma’s tired tactic of trying to seek public sympathy instead of allowing the law to take its course.
While they may still be a few planted politicians’ stooges in the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), thanks to Zuma himself, the two organisations have been on a serious clean-up to retain their credibility and independence away from the political elite.
Hawks’ head, Godfrey Lebeya has demonstrated that his mission is to root out corruption through and through and we have seen him take immediate action by axing his own colleague, Hungwani Muluadzi earlier this week, who is facing allegations of corruption.
This does not seem like a man who is in the pockets of politicians by the way he is executing his work of fighting corruption.
The truth is, Magashule, like David Mabuza and Paul Mashatile, was elected into the ANC’s top six with allegations of corruption still hovering above his head.
He knew he will have to answer to the authorities over the Estina and the asbestos case sooner rather than later.
But to use politics as a shield against these questionable and clearly corrupt deals is very disingenuous of him.
Like a responsible and ‘law-abiding citizen’ as he claims to be, he must allow the criminal justice system to determine whether his hands were involved in the corruption shenanigans during his tenure as premier of the Free State.
The enemy that has infiltrated his party is corruption and not responsible citizens who want to root out corruption that has taken a lot from poor South Africans.
One just hopes that Shamila Batohi will truly show her mettle by successfully prosecuting Magashule and those who are involved in the Estina and the asbestos corruption. The ball is in her court to win the trust and support of South Africans by sending Magashule and his lot to jail.