Gangster State book provided information that led to Ace Magashule’s suspension
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Statement from Penguin Random House SA:
In November 2020, Ace Magashule and 15 co-accused were charged with fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering in relation to the Free State’s controversial R255-million asbestos audit contract.
Magashule’s alleged role in these dealings was first uncovered in investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, published in April 2019.
It was announced on 5 May 2021, two years after the publication of Gangster State, that Magashule has been suspended as ANC secretary-general pending the outcome of the court case.
In his explosive book Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings, from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions.
Sifting through heaps of records, documents and exclusive source interviews, Myburgh explores Magashule’s apparent links with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that allegedly enriched his family but failed the poor; reveals how he was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general.
Myburgh also pieces together leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking details on a massive Free State government contract and connections between Magashule’s office and a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017.
Gangster State is an unflinching examination of the ANC’s top leadership in the Jacob Zuma era and beyond.
Gangster State is available at all bookstores as well as online retailers.
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