'Company appointed was one in which Magashule's daughter is a 30% shareholder'

The African National Congress (ANC)'s secretary-general Ace Magashule has been implicated in a housing scandal.

It involves a housing project where a company partly owned by his daughter, scored contracts worth about R150 million from the Free State government where Magashule was the premier.

A News24 exclusive reveals details of Magashule's alleged direct involvement in government contracts which benefitted his own family.

Investigative journalist at News24, Pieter-Louis Myburgh speaks to Ray White on The Midday Report about his investigation.

He says in the Free State, there are further clear indications of Magashule's involvement in procurement processes in his provincial government expenditure that lead to individuals very closely associated with him - in this case, his daughter.

Court papers were filed in an ongoing battle between a company and the Dihlabeng Municipality in Bethlehem, elaborates Myburgh.

The company was booted off the project for building these RDP houses, and in these papers, the company makes startling claims with regards to how Ace Magashule became involved directly - basically telling the Dihlabeng Municipality to terminate its contract with the incumbent contractor which then led the appointment of a company, Unital Holdings, in which Magashule's daughter has shares.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, News24 investigative journalist

Myburgh says investigations reveal that the subsequent company appointed was indeed one in which Magashule's daughter is a 30% shareholder.

Myburgh says he has paid a visit to the project himself, and the work done is extremely shoddy. The recipients are some of the poorest of the poor, and the sewage system has not yet been connected to the houses. He says residents have been told by the municipality to dump their sewage into holes that have been dug.

He says Ace Magashule has responded to some questions put to him but refuses to respond to others.

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