[LISTEN] Painting worth MILLIONS missing from Magashule's old office
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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