South Africa: Bentleys, Ferraris and high political stakes in ANC corruption battle

When South African investigators seized a fleet of luxury cars from a suspect in a high-level political corruption case this month, a Porsche Cayenne, a top-end Bentley and a red Ferrari were among their haul.

An investigation into corruption in a province run by Ace Magashule, the secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress, appears to be coming to the boil with a string of arrests, including that of the owner of the luxury cars. Although not senior figures, the suspects have close ties to the ANC and have been charged with corruption and other crimes.

Mr Magashule, one of the country’s most powerful politicians, has not been arrested but the drama underlines the stakes for South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, as prosecutors catch up with a decade of corruption under Jacob Zuma, his predecessor, that hollowed out institutions including law.

The original full article can be found at ft.com

(Photo: Rogan Ward/Reuters)

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