ANC: We won't suspend Peggy Nkonyeni
Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal will not suspend its beleaguered treasurer Peggy Nkonyeni from her provincial legislature speaker post, the party said on Tuesday.
"We will not suspend anyone based on malicious and misleading allegations," African National Congress provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala told reporters in Durban.
He was responding to fresh corruption allegations against Nkonyeni who faces a string of charges relating to racketeering, fraud and money laundering involving R144m.
On Friday, Democratic Alliance provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said Nkonyeni was listed as a director in 13 companies, three of which were known to have conducted business with the provincial government.
Mchunu said he received the information in a response from Finance MEC Ina Cronje to a parliamentary question.
He said three companies linked to Nkonyeni had done business worth R347 000 with the provincial government.
Zikalala said his party’s provincial executive committee received a thorough briefing after the allegations surfaced.
"Our preliminary investigation on the matter proves that the allegations by the DA are baseless and malicious," he said.
The business dealings mentioned by Mchunu "emanated from the work that was performed by the company before Nkonyeni got involved with the company".
He said the ANC did not doubt Nkonyeni’s innocence.
Zikalala said his organisation was disappointed with the SA Communist Party’s (SACP) stance on the allegations against her.
The SACP on Monday said the allegations were purely aimed at compromising her public standing. It also alleged they came from within the ANC.
"This is totally incorrect as these allegations arose from questions from the DA leader in the legislature."
Zikalala said the ANC supported Nkonyeni's decision to invite Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the allegations against her.