Arrest Warrant for South Africa's Magashule a 'Game Changer'?

It is tempting to view the arrest warrant issued for Ace Magashule on 10 November 2020 as a game changer in South African politics, writes James Hamill for African Arguments. If convicted, Ace Magashule's political career could be over. If acquitted, he could become politically indestructible. The secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is second only to the president in the party's hierarchy. He now faces 21 charges of corruption, fraud, and money laundering dating back to 2014 when he was the premier of Free State province. Magashule's arrest reflects important changes under President Cyril Ramaphosa who came to power in 2018. The charges against Magashule are part of Ramaphosa's attempts to address corruption, though whether it will prove to have enduring significance is unclear.

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Ace Magashule (file photo).

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