Four Amigos walk free

2012-08-17 09:29

Four accused in the high profile Amigos fraud and corruption case are set to walk free.

Natasha Ramkissoon, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions Moipone Noko, confirmed that charges are to be withdrawn against KZN legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, economic affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and lawyers Ian Blose and Sandile Kuboni.

The four were arrested along with senior KZN civil servants and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi for allegedly inflating the cost of water purifications units sold to government through a crooked procurement process.

They were due to have appeared in court next month.

Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu are both senior ANC provincial leaders.

Mabuyakhulu had allegedly been involved in receiving a R1m kickback from Savoi on the ANC’s behalf.

Nkonyeni was MEC for health when the transactions took place.

It is not clear at this stage whether or not the case against the other accused will be withdrawn.

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