The accused, their companies and their ties

2010-10-21 00:00

WHO are the accused?

Accused Number 1 – Sipho Shabalala

He is a Pietermaritzburg businessman who also works for the KwaZulu-Natal government’s Ithala Bank as its group chief executive officer. At the time of the commission of the alleged offences, he was still employed as the head of KZN Treasury. He grew up in Willowfountain and is known to be close to KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize who also grew up there.

Accused Number 2 — Gaston Savoi

He is an Uruguayan national who has been living in SA since 2001. He stays in Steenberg in Cape Town with his Brazilian-born wife Gilda Helena Brant de Carvalho Gaston. He is a director and the chairperson of companies in the Intaka Group, which is accused number three.

Accused Number 4 – Dr Busisiwe Nyembezi

Nyembezi is a former head of KZN Health Department, who left after a clash with the then KZN MEC for Health, Peggy Nkonyeni, in 2007. While she was still the head of the department there were complaints that her company was benefitting from tenders approved by the department.

A ccused Number 5 – Beatrice Ntombenhle Shabalala

“Ntombi”, as she is known, is married to Sipho Shabalala, and with Savoi is a director of a company called Skyros Medical Suppliers (Pty) Ltd. She is also a 50% shareholder with her husband in Blue Serenity Investment (Pty) Ltd, which is accused number nine.

Accused Number 6 – Advocate Sandile Khuboni

Khuboni is a Durban-based attorney who is a director of Khuboni and Shezi Attorneys and Conveyancers. He owns a house in the leafy Durban suburb of Umhlanga Ridge. He was an administrator of Salamax 1608 (Pty) Ltd on behalf of the Shabalalas.

Accused Number 7 – Henyi Lindelihle Mkhwanazi

Mkhwanazi is the sole shareholder of Rowmoor Investments 738 (Pty) Ltd, which is accused number 10. He is a businessman based in Clermont near Pine­town. At some stage Mkhwanazi was reportedly romantically involved with Nkonyeni and they were co-accused in a case that was subsequently withdrawn against them before last year’s elections. According to the draft charge sheet, his company is accused of unlawfully claiming for the marketing of water purification units at Rietvlei and Appelsbosch hospitals.

Accused Number 8 – Yoliswa Lulama Mbhele

Mbhele acted as the head of the KZN Department of Health after Nyembezi left in 2007, the year that some of the transactions being investigated took place. Nothing much is known about her before she was appointed to the acting position.

Note: Accused numbers 3, 9 and 10 are companies owned by some of the accused in this case.

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