EPISODE 5: Mister Ten Percent

Continuing with the Elias “Ace” Magashule saga, Diana Neille and Richard Poplak delve into the alleged political murder of Noby Ngombane, a key administrator in the attempted clean up of the Free State during the early zeroes. His assassination is an example of what can happen when, in the binary gap between opportunity and poverty, liberal democracies begin to swerve toward gangsterism. The tragedy reverberates through the years, as if the sound of the gunshots has never faded.


Elias Sekgobelo “Ace” Magashule, former Free State leader and former Secretary General of the ANC
Nokwanda Ngombane, former chief of staff to former Free State premier, Beatrice Marshoff
Petrus “Pat” Zanemvula Matosa, struggle stalwart and former ANC Free State leader
Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative journalist at Daily Maverick Scorpio
Beatrice Marshoff, former Premier of the Free State

Archive & Music Credits:

SABC News / eNCA / Ray Charles, “Drown In My Own Tears” / Luther Vandross, “Dance With My Father”, sung by Zandile Ngombane

Written, produced & directed by Richard Poplak and Diana Neille
Fact checking and editorial oversight by Sasha Wales-Smith
Editing & sound design by Diana Neille, Bernard Kotze & Tevya Turok Shapiro
Original soundtrack & visual aesthetic by Bernard Kotze
Additional music by Janus van der Merwe
Additional voice work by Ayanda Charlie
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