Nkonyeni denies donation claim

2013-06-13 10:32
Peggy Nkonyeni (File, Sapa)

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Durban - Former KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni denied claims that she put pressure on officials in her department to conclude a contract so she could get a donation for the ANC, the Mercury reported on Thursday.

The allegations were made this week in the Durban Labour Court by suspended Kantha Padayachee, who was the health department's legal services general manager.

"It is important to mention that Padayachee was charged and suspended by the department after Nkonyeni had left, and the charges she faced had to do with allegations of racism that were levelled against her and had nothing to do with Intaka Holdings," Nkonyeni's spokesperson Wonder Hlongwa was quoted as saying by the Mercury.

According to the paper, on Tuesday Padayachee told the court that she was suspended after informing police and auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers about Intaka's irregular contract with the department.

Intaka was owned by Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.

Savoi and several senior KwaZulu-Natal government employees were charged with racketeering, fraud, and money laundering.

Nkonyeni was initially charged but these charges were withdrawn in October.
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