Wife of Ace Magashule’s murdered ‘bagman’ in R20m SARS bind

Before he was brutally gunned down in Sandton in 2017, businessman Igo Mpambani and his wife, Michelle, reaped the benefits of a contentious R255m asbestos audit project in the Free State. Leaked emails and documents link then Free State Premier and current ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule to some of the proceeds of this dubious deal. Almost two years after Mpambani’s murder, the SARS has set its sights on collecting more than R20m from one of the couple’s companies, after the revenue collector identified huge amounts of undeclared income in its accounts, and the slain tender mogul’s widow is now left to deal with the fallout on her own.