‘Calculated move to undermine NPA’

2013-05-08 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has taken the Democratic Alliance to task for taking the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to court over its refusal to explain the withdrawal of charges against two of its leaders.

Spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said the DA was trying to force the NPA to revive the case against KZN Legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni and Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu.

“We have no doubt that the DA is doing this to demonise our comrades and the ANC to score cheap political points.

“What is worrying about the DA’s move is that it forms part of what seems to be a well-calculated attempt by the party to undermine our constitutionally formed government institutions such as the NPA,” Mkhize said.

“The ANC, which fought very hard for the formation of institutions such as the NPA, has never tried to interfere in their operations, so it is absurd to suggest that the charges against Comrade Mabuyakhulu and Comrade Nkonyeni were withdrawn because of political interference,” he charged.

Mkhize said the charges were dropped after the NPA had assessed the evidence against the pair and after consultation with all the key witnesses. “The NPA made it clear that the charges could not be sustained against them during the trial.”

DA provincial leader Sizwe ­Mchunu described the ANC’s response as the most “myopic statement I have ever heard coming from the ruling party”. He said the NPA was a public entity that should be subjected to public scrutiny.

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