A member of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State has claimed that ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule threatened to “destroy and finish” him.
In a Facebook post earlier this week, Edgar Curtis Legoale said Magashule made the threat during a public meeting at Mimosa shopping centre in the Free State on 14 January.
He wrote, “Ace Magashule in this meeting said he is going to destroy and finish me and our foundation off and I will never receive any business in the Free State while he is still leading.”
‘If anything happens to me…’
Legoale is also an ANC Youth League (ANCYL) member and runs the Edgar Legoale Foundation based in Parys.
According to the Foundation’s page, its mission is to “create a space for young people in business and those who are developing their ideas into business, to engage and share knowledge and resources to support each other.”
A seemingly shaken Legoale added, “Guys I’m just making you aware what’s happening. If anything happens to me, please ask our leader what happened to me.
“I won’t go to the police for protection coz we all know the system is corrupt. I don’t fear death and I’m ready for anything that might happen to me.”
Magashule threatens to sue
In an emailed response to Current Affairs ZA, Magashule denied the “alleged utterances attributed to me,” adding that he viewed them in “a very serious light.”
He said, “In the spirit of comradeship and building young cadres, I intend engaging Legoale as he suggested. I am also taking legal advice with a view to pursuing a defamation case.
“I have spent my entire life in the Congress Movement building and grooming young people to become responsible and productive citizens of society. It is therefore shocking for anyone to accuse me of destroying a young person.”
The ANCYL in the Fezile Dabi region also issued a statement this week slamming Legoale’s claims as “malicious.”
Interestingly, Legoale was among a group of protesters who disrupted the launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State in Sandton in April last year.
The protesters carried placards with the slogan, “Hands off Ace.” They also chanted similar demands for the media to leave Magashule alone. The ANC later denounced their actions.
Myburgh’s book makes several corruption allegations against Magashule during his tenure as Free State Premier. He has steadfastly denied the allegations and threatened to sue Myburgh.