South Africa: What’s Happening In South African News – February 22, 2022

Cape Town —  

Johannesburg Cash-In-Transit Heist Foiled

A gang of about 25 gunmen from South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province and from Zimbabwe and Botswana were intercepted by police while planning a cash-in-transit heist on Monday afternoon (February 21, 2022).

The confrontation happened in Rosettenville, a suburb in the south of Johannesburg, and left 10 suspects dead and another eight arrested.

Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that the majority of firearms recovered were AK-47s with double magazines and R4s. Police also found explosives and petrol at the scene.

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa said five police officers were injured and a further two had to be airlifted to hospital.

 Ace Magashule Back In Court to Challenge R255 Million Asbestos Corruption Case

Suspended African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule is in the Bloemfontein High Court to challenge the validity of the state’s case against him on fraud and corruption charges. The charges stem from a tender worth R255 million, awarded by the Free State Department of Human Settlements, for the assessment and removal of asbestos roofs from houses and buildings in the province. 

Magashule is implicated with 15 others, including five companies, former Mangaung Mayor Olly Mlamleli and Edwin Sodi’s firm, Blackhead Consulting – companies that were paid for work that was never done.

According to the indictment, Magashule’s alleged cut from the R255 million tender, came in the form of school tuition for a daughter, electronic tablets, and R250,000 for the travel expenses of a delegation to Cuba.

Magashule’s insists that on an evaluation of the state’s docket against him, there is no case for him to answer.

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