NPA opposes DA’s call for Amigos case info

2013-06-22 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance’s insinuation that charges were withdrawn against MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and KZN Legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni because of their positions is misplaced, says the acting KZN director of public prosecutions.

The NPA and Mabuyakhulu yesterday filed papers in the Pietermaritzburg high court opposing the DA’s action to force them to disclose what led to fraud and racketeering charges being dropped against the senior ANC politicians in the “Amigos” case.

The DA said once they have responded, the case will be set down on the opposed court roll, probably in November.

Acting KZN DPP Sophy Moipone Noko says in her affidavit she based her decision on representations made by Nkonyeni alone.

After “comprehensive assessment” she withdrew charges against Nkonyeni as well as Yolisa Mbele, Mabuyakhulu, Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi, Ian Blose, Rowmoor Investments, Skyros Medical Supplies and Blue Serenity Investments on the basis there was insufficient evidence against them.

She said the DA wants “sensitive information” that is part of an ongoing trial and which, if released, could jeopardise the prosecution of the remaining accused.

She also says representations are confidential and she won’t disclose them.

In his reply, Mabuyakhulu said he had always made it clear that he is not guilty and says the DPP’s decision was “correct and appropriate”.

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