SOUTH AFRICA: What Ace’s arrest warrant means

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Today, 10 November, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI, commonly referred to as the “Hawks”) confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule. He is due to appear in court on Friday, 13 November, to face fraud and corruption charges relating to a ZAR 255mn asbestos audit contract dating back to his time as Free State premier. How the high-profile case plays out will have far-reaching consequences for the ANC, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s strength and possibly his reform agenda. As discussed previously, Magashule’s arrest would
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