CAPE TOWN - The DA on Monday said the ruling ANC's summary rejection of Gangster State, a new book with allegations of systematic state corruption in the Free State under Ace Magashule, made a mockery of President Cyril Ramaphosa's promise of a political "new dawn".
"It is clear that the ANC and Ramaphosa have closed ranks in defence of Magashule," DA spokesman Solly Malatsi said.
"This is a man who is unashamedly guilty of plundering the Free State and instead of holding him to account - the ANC has decided to vilify the very press who exposed his dirty dealings by branding these allegations as 'fake news'. The very fact that a governing party can have the audacity to tell the free press to keep their “hands off” its Secretary-General, is undemocratic and unconstitutional in nature."
The book, written by Pieter-Louis Myburgh, was published on Sunday.
It sketches a damning account of corruption under Magashule's premiership of the Free State and alleges that he pocketed R230 million in kickbacks on an asbestos deal.