Ace Magashule’s former driver gets 15 years in jail for stealing R8m painting

A man employed as Ace Magashule’s bodyguard when he was premier of the Free State has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing a Pierneef painting worth R8m.

He was found guilty of theft, money laundering and fraud in December last year.

Mettler was also found guilty of making a false statement to the police in which he said Magashule gave him the painting as a present.

This followed a trial regarding the disappearance of the painting from the provincial government’s OR Tambo House in Bloemfontein. Mettler stole the painting in March 2018 while helping to clear Magashule’s office.

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