Savoi goes to court to challenge laws

2013-03-04 12:04
Gaston Savoi (Dries Liebenberg, Beeld)

Gaston Savoi (Dries Liebenberg, Beeld)

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Durban - Businessman Gaston Savoi has launched a pretrial challenge to the Prevention of Organised Crime Act as he believed racketeering laws were open to "personal and political manipulation", The Mercury reported on Monday.

He referred to the withdrawal of charges against his former co-accused ANC politicians Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni.

Savoi and 12 others face charges of racketeering, corruption and fraud relating to the supply of water purification and oxygen plants to the KwaZulu-Natal departments of local government and health.

Savoi's company, Intaka, allegedly paid bribes to ensure a contract to supply water purifiers and oxygen generators to hospitals, at inflated prices, went its way.

According to The Mercury, he claimed he asked provincial director of public prosecutions advocate Moipane Noko for "detailed reasons" for the withdrawal of charges against Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni, but that "these requests have been refused".

Noko had cited insufficient evidence to proceed against the politicians.

Savoi argued that the evidence in the matter was still the same and had not changed.

He had reportedly also filed an affidavit in a constitutional challenge contending that the withdrawal of charges proved his point that he was being arbitrarily targeted and that the law was susceptible to manipulation.

The matter will be heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday.

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