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DA: Explain withdrawal of charges

2012-08-17 20:03

Durban - The DA has asked for a public explanation why charges have been dropped against two KwaZulu-Natal ANC officials implicated in a fraud and corruption case.

Premier Zweli Mkhize should ensure that this happened in the interest of transparency, Democratic Alliance provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said on Friday.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced earlier that acting provincial Director of Public Prosecutions Moipone Noko had withdrawn charges against six people, including two ANC officials accused of fraud and corruption in the Intaka case.

"Upon a thorough and interrogative assessment, available evidence including consultations with some key witnesses, the acting DPP in consultation with the prosecution team felt there are no prospects of a successful prosecution; therefore these charges cannot be sustained against them during trial," provincial NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said.

Charges were dropped against KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi, and Ian Blose.

Mchunu said: "The DA is extremely disappointed by the decision, which we believe is a further indication of the extremes that the ANC is prepared to go to protect its own."

He said the withdrawal of the charges against Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu would leave gaping holes in the State's case and would make a mockery of any effort to bring those implicated in the Intaka scandal to book.

"The message being sent out by the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is increasingly clear; those in positions of power are exempt from the law," Mchunu said.

The six were linked to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department, allegedly at inflated prices.

Initially, 25 people were implicated in the in the so-called "amigos" corruption case, which will be heard on October 1 in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

The "amigos case" is a corruption matter involving Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.

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

He will go on trial with former provincial treasury boss Sipho Shabalala, who allegedly received a R1m donation for the ANC.

Noko was appointed in July after KwaZulu-Natal's acting head of prosecutions Simphiwe Mlotshwa was ousted, reportedly for refusing to withdraw the charges against the two politicians.

Comments
  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-17 20:09

    There is a long answer and a short answer. Long answer starts with Joe Modise in Lusaka and will take years to pen. Short answer than - because they are protected game and knows something about somebody higher up. ANC politics 101

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-17 20:17

      Easy to explain - connections!

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-08-17 20:26

      These guys are in line for some major promotions in the CancER- probably our next vice-presidents if zuma has his way. Normal story - you can only qualify for bigger things by being corrupt, getting caught and then getting away with it.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-17 20:48

      They never explain. "We applied our collective minds". "We are satisfied that our group ohmmmmmm resonated". We are the ANC - laws are for other people.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-17 21:53

      Easy, their branches needs to vote for Zuma

      james.weather.50 - 2012-08-17 22:27

      Someone seems to be ‘defeating the ends of justice’ - It’s a shame it’s the NPA itself. DA please request an inquiry… a 5 year old can tell there is someone not right here… It has ‘political meddling’ written all over it… so clearly its blinding our eyes…

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-17 20:27

    And to think, those people who vote ANC support such corrupt cronyism. (Then again they are also the ones who the ANC screw over the most, and some poor white ou gets the blame). DONT FLY RACIST SAA

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-17 20:31

    Budy Budy Schemes and coverup from ANC, it happens all the time.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-08-17 20:34

    Where is the outrage? This hurts black folks worse than it does white. The excessive amounts of money plundered by the theving ANC could have been used to improve their standards. DONT VOTE THESE PARASITES BACK INTO OFFICE>>>>USE YOUR BRAINS!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-17 20:41

      Hear hear!!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-17 22:06

      You got to love the timing of the NPA (anc cadres) to announce the dropping of charges, when the country is concern about the Lonmin shootings. Quite sneaky the bas@@@ds.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-17 20:40

    Just another exercise in ANC protecting its own!Just imagine what goes on in ANC leadership minds..we are in charge..we can do anything..our electorate vote for us whatever we do...who can touch us we are like Gods doing as we please..we are ontouchable..HA HA HA!!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-17 20:50

      I've tried to imagine what goes on their minds. Really I have. I've come to the conclusion that it's not a lot.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-17 21:10

      By the way untouchable is the lowest caste in India. Suits ANC as well.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-17 20:57

    Unbelieveable? Believe it or not.To all those who voted these thieves into office, OPEN YOUR EYES.

  • mike.clery - 2012-08-17 21:00

    "Charges were dropped against KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni" And they keep a straight face when they tell us they're serious about stamping out corruption.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-17 21:12

    Stupid enough to ask why. Because they can, at least they think they can.

  • Savourcard - 2012-08-17 21:59

    Everyone just needs to read this again carefully: "Upon a thorough and interrogative assessment, available evidence including consultations with some key witnesses, the acting DPP in consultation with the prosecution team felt there are no prospects of a successful prosecution; therefore these charges cannot be sustained against them during trial," provincial NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said. That means it is no longer sufficient to have a prima facie case over which a judge will determine innocence or guilt. It means the prosecutor decides the case in advance, and if the prosecutor (an employee member of the administration) decides there is "no prospect of success" (of course, no reason needed) then it doesn't get as far as a judge. No point in scrapping the independence of the judiciary ... Simply make sure cases that involve the privileged few don't get as far as a judge.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-08-18 08:22

    It is incredibly sad that the ANC is presiding over the creation of a greedy kleptocracy. The hope and vision of 1994, that South African can be a world leader in human rights, and create social cohesion through policies of effective development and universal education have been lost. Political power is graspingly sought, in order to gain personal benefit through its exploitation. What is also disturbing is that so many white South Africans now feel justified in expressing racist views, when it is the failures of a political party to govern which is the problem. Of course, the divisive 'two nations' discourse of Mbeki did serious damage to the idea of 'non-racialism' in the ANC, and signaled the end of progressive nation building. The current infighting for power in preparation of Mangaung shows how the ANC is continuing this trajectory of race and power, and in the end the country and all its people will suffer because of this vulgar scramble for self interest. The ANC has squandered its moral authority, tarnished its international reputation, embarrassed the country and betrayed its values. And its leaders don't care and don't have any insight into the damage they are doing. Like the ancients, we can just cry out "o tempora, o mores"

  • pws69 - 2012-08-18 08:36

    The entire ANC is corrupt, and like a cancer, is affecting every organ of state.

  • braamc - 2012-08-18 09:06

    Down with the cANCer, vote DA!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-18 09:17

    Simple, zuma has rigged the justice system....one lot of justice for the politically connected and another for the man in the street. The municipality etc made a pact with zuma that they would support him for a 2nd term then not long after that these people were cleared. There is so much corruption going on and funny enough it is happening all over in every dept. The young black boy who works for us on the weekends got a bursary from govt, he is studying engineering. He is a bright youngster and now they he is having a problem getting them to pay up. They promised him one and amount now they have cut his money down....guess the other half is going into somebody's pocket.

  • justin.holland.50596 - 2012-08-18 10:19

    Thick as thieves, the ANC and DA......

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-08-18 10:43

    its not what you know its who you know,cANCer is rotting our country

  • mahesh.visram.7 - 2012-08-18 11:55

    lol, people, if u ous dont catch a wake up now, and i mean every race color and creed here, this country will be fkd beyond repairs, lets get the ppl back who know how to run a country and also keep prices down, ppl who can and will enforce law and order, get rid of illegal immigrants, close the damn borders so that the ppl of this country can work and will have a job, and also, not have scum who do the crime but escape the time because of corruption within the government, lets stand together and take this country back to were it was 25 yrs ago, where the rand was twice more than the dollar, were food land and housing were affordable and were ppl could live without the fear of crime that we have today.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-18 13:10

      mahesh.visram.7......That would be so good...it will require the people to stick together and vote out this present government.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-19 14:20

    When l think of the way people vote when we go for an election, l care less, this should make ANC loose votes but l tell you, it is not going to change nothing, no matter what ANC do ,good or bad, they know that their stay in power will not be affected. The people will still go and vote for them again, and suffer,protest and get shot. so who cares??

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