The DA believes that Bahcesehir University has been misled into awarding Premier of the Free State, Mr Ace Magashule with an honorary doctorate. Picture: Timothy Bernard
Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance believes that Bahcesehir University has been misled into awarding Premier of the Free State, Mr Ace Magashule with an honorary doctorate.

Magshule was awarded the honorary doctorate for philosophy by the Turkish university last week Friday.

"This honorary doctorate is another example of how Mr Magashule uses state resources to solicit benefits for himself. The Bahcesehir University is an extended beneficiary of Magshule’s patronage network using Free State provincial government money," the DA said in a statement.

The opposition party believes that the provincial government is paying for students to study at the university. 

"If the university had done some research on Magashule before conferring such an honour, they would have found that his contributions to the Free State province are mostly linked to corruption and patronage."

The party listed the scandals involving Magashule. 

"The former Premier of the Free State, Mosiua Lekota fired Magashule as a MEC as a result of charges of corruption against him. In court papers it was alleged that Magashule and other senior ANC cadres attempted to solicit a share of a development from Ya Rona Investments in exchange for approval of the sale of land belonging to the Mangaung Municipality to this company. Magashule was implicated in a scandal regarding the solicitation of money, under the pretext of a facilitation fee, from a company that was attempting to get an application approved from the Free State Gambling Board."

"The controversial Gupta linked R185 million Vrede Dairy Project signed into fruition in the Office of the Premier continues to haemorrhage public funds to the tune of R20 million per annum and beneficiaries are sidelined, while Magashule’s family benefit from this Gupta connection."

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