The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has brushed off weekend reports that Ace Magashule’s former personal assistant will no longer be testifying against him.
When the ANC secretary-general appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on corruption charges it emerged that his personal assistant, Moroadi Cholota had turned state witness.
But according to weekend media reports, Cholota, who is based in America, only learned she was a state witness through the press.
NPA spokesman Sipho Ngwema said Cholota was confirmed as a witness, but refused to be drawn on whether people trying to persuade her to step aside have “got to” her.
“This criminal prosecution will take place in court and not in the court of public opinion,” said Ngwema.
“The former PA, Moroadi Cholota, has cooperated with the state and will testify. We note the attempt to create diversions. We shall not be drawn on those.”
The charges relate to a R255 million asbestos tender and represents the biggest attack so far against officials accused of State Capture.
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