How Magashule’s daughter scored FDC land


Magashule and Thoko Malembe, the premier’s long-lost daughter, are reunited.

Thoko Malembe

May 2012

Malembe graduates from UJ.

July 2012

Hantsi Matseke, a known ally of Magashule, becomes the chair of the Free State Development Corporation (FDC).

February 2013

Malembe registers the company Botlokwa Holdings.

September 2013

Maono Construction, a company owned by Matseke, buys 32 Silwood Road in Bramley, Jhb. Both Maono and Botlokwa have listed this property as their business address.

June 2014

The FDC cancels a rental agreement with the owner of this Shell garage in Phuthaditjhaba.

October 2014

The FDC applies for an eviction order to force the garage owner off the site.

December 2014

Magashule and a woman who looks like Malembe visit the Shell garage.

March 2015

The FDC places an ad in The New Age for bids to buy certain FDC properties.

June 2015

The Bloemfontein high court orders the owner of the Phuthaditjhaba Shell to vacate the FDC’s property.

September 2015

The FDC and Malembe’s Botlokwa Holdings sign a deed of sale for another Shell site in Botshabelo, near Bloemfontein.

April 2016

The FDC sells the Phuthaditjhaba Shell property to Malembe’s MMAT Trust for R2.88m.

June 2016

The owner of the Shell in Phuthaditjaba vacates the property, leaving more than 60 people without work.

January 2017

Malembe’s MMAT Trust signs a R11.5m lease deal with Shell for the Phuthaditjhaba property. Of this R11.5m “upfront” lease payment, R2.6m goes towards helping Malembe’s trust buy the property from the FDC.

January 2018

The Phuthaditjhaba Shell site is still deserted. Shell says plans are underway to reopen it.

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