Former African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general and current African Congress for Transformation (ACT) President Ace Magashule is potentially on the verge of imprisonment following an assault case recently filed against him.
Altercation during Campaign Trail
Over the weekend, the alleged incident unfolded during Magashule’s two-day campaign trail in the Lejweleputswa District in Welkom and Virginia, Free State. Magashule, in the region to launch his new political party and attract new members, stands accused of assaulting Ndade Moletsane.
Trigger Incident: T-Shirt Toss
According to a source who disclosed details to ZiMoja, the altercation transpired on Sunday when Magashule, accompanied by his bodyguards, reportedly attacked Moletsane after he tossed a t-shirt at Magashule’s face. The source explained that they were seated outside a popular chisanyama in the area when a convoy of cars distributing ACT t-shirts passed by. Moletsane threw a t-shirt back, unintentionally landing it on Magashule’s face, leading to the confrontation.
“One of the people in the van threw a t-shirt at him and he threw it back and said he didn’t want it. He didn’t even know that Ace was inside one of the bakkies, and the t-shirt he threw back landed on Ace’s face. Ace got out of the van swearing and assaulted the man together with his bodyguards,” the source said.
Confirmation from Police Authorities
Confirming the incident, Free State SAPS spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng provided additional details. Captain Thakeng said the event occurred on January 20, 2024, around 19:30, near a well-known shisanyama business premises.
A 44-year-old man from Meloding threw a t-shirt back at a politician and his entourage distributing t-shirts. The t-shirt covered the politician’s face, prompting him to exit the vehicle with his bodyguards and allegedly assault the complainant.
The victim reported the case on Monday, January 21, 2024, at Meloding Police Station. A case of common assault has been registered, and the matter is currently under investigation.