The Hawks are investigating the disappearance of a multi-million rand painting from the office of the former Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule.
It is believed that the painting - by South African landscape master JH Pierneef - was placed among Magashule's personal belongings when his office was cleared out earlier this year.
Investigative Journalist, Pieter-Louis Myburgh says the painting, which is owned by the provincial government, is worth between R6 million and R8 million.
It is part of quite a valuable and substantial art collection owned by the government, so in effect, it is owned by the South African taxpayer.— Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative journalist
The story, at this stage, seems to go as follows - it was during that period of him moving his personal belongings from his office in Bloemfontein that the painting was accidentally placed among items labelled as the former premier's personal belongings.— Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative journalist
Then the painting was taken, either by Magashule or a staff member on high-security detail, to Magashule's residence in Bloemfontein where the then-premier told this official that he could have the painting. What will now have to happen is a proper criminal investigation will have to determine whether there is any weight to that version of events.— Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative journalist
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