'It doesn't really become more clear cut in terms of nepotism and corruption'

Outgoing Free State Premier Ace Mgashule has been implicated in another scandal, with allegations of that that he meddled in a R150m RDP project that ended up on the books of his daughter's company.

According to News 24, an ongoing court case contains claims that Unital Holdings – a company in which Magashule's daughter is a shareholder – secured contracts worth R150m to build RDP houses near the town of Bethlehem.

Gushewell Brooks, standing in for Karima Brown, spoke to investigative reporter at News24, Pieter-Louis Myburgh to find out more.

He also spoke to Democratic Alliance (DA) Human Settlements spokesperson in the Free State Legislature, Leona Kleynhans about an alleged R 20 million spent on Magashule's farewell party.

It doesn't really become more clear cut in terms of nepotism and corruption when it comes to guiding public expenditure from the province's coffers into the pockets of one's own daughter.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative reporter at News24

The residence living there now, I visited some of them, they were placed in an environment that has literally become a health and safety risk, they have human waste around them, they have to make do with pit toilets. There is no electricity, there is no water in the houses.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative reporter at News24

The backdrop to all of this is a series of very lofty promises that premier Magashule himself made to locals back in 2013 and 2014.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative reporter at News24

Meanwhile the Sowetan has obtained a letter signed by the provincial director-general Kopung Ralikontsane, in which Magashule instructed officials to leave their place of work by 9am on Wednesday to attend the inauguration of new premier Sisi Ntombela and Magashule's farewell.

Klenyhans says the DA will pose questions in the provincial legislature over the alleged monies spent on the event.

We are going to be filing questions to find out exactly how much was spent but it is probably more than R20 million.

Leona Kleynhans, DA Human Settlements spokesperson in the Free State Legislature

We do also know that in 2009 the premier Magashule spent 14.3 million on his inauguration then. This year he also spent R 3 million on the state of the province address, so you can see the trend here.

Leona Kleynhans, DA Human Settlements spokesperson in the Free State Legislature

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