A warrant of arrest has been issued for ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, according to Independent Media.
When asked about the matter, Magashule confirmed knowledge of his intended arrest saying “I’m aware. I’m aware,” he said. “It’s going to be a Hollywood style type of thing. But we will see,” Magashule said.
It is understood that Magashule will be arrested and charged over his role in the controversial Vrede Dairy Farm project. He will be charged for his alleged “failure to exercise oversight’’ relating to the Vrede Dairy Farm investigation.
However, News24 reported that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and his lawyer do not know whether there is a warrant of arrest against him, and the Hawks have dismissed it as fake news.
This came as rumours of his pending arrest prompted a political fightback among his supporters, with Magashule’s supporters labelling it as a “well-orchestrated usage of state organs to fight internal ANC factional battles”.
Magashule’s lawyer, Victor Nkhwashu, said they were not informed that there was a warrant of arrest for Magashule.
“We have not been informed about a warrant of arrest issued against our client. Save for the news article that is circulating in the media,” he said.
The ANC secretary-general is said to have asked his lawyers to reach out to the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for more information.
The Hawks have denied issuing any warrant against Magashule.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi described it as fake news. “Maybe there’s another Hawks we are not aware of,” he said on Tuesday evening.