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DA demands records in KZN corruption case

2012-08-20 22:30

Durban - The DA has demanded the records of a decision to drop charges against six people, including two high-profile ANC politicians, implicated in a corruption case.

KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance leader Sizwe Mchunu said the party had written a letter to this effect to the province's acting director of public prosecutions (DPP) Moipone Noko.

"[We] demanded that the record of the decision to drop charges... be made available to us."

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced on Friday that Noko had withdrawn charges against the six accused of fraud and corruption in the Intaka case.

The two ANC politicians were provincial legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni and Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu. The others against whom charges were dropped were Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi, and Ian Blose.

The six had been 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 so-called "amigos" corruption case, which will be heard on 1 October in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban.

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.

Mchunu said the circumstances around the decision to drop the charges were questionable given the removal of Mlotshwa.

"It is highly suspicious that the state no longer plans to charge Nkonyeni, Mabuyakhulu and others with fraud and corruption," he said.

Comments
  • letsekang.masepe - 2012-08-21 01:09

    Please someone must follow this case,This lady province's acting director of public prosecutions (DPP) Moipone Noko was brought specifically to drop this case involving her fellow comrades one must never forget that the previous prosecutions Simphiwe Mlotshwa was ousted, for refusing to withdraw the charges against the two greedy politicians,Peggy Nkonyeni is not the first time her corruption charges are dropped, in 2009 when she was Mec for Health in KZN she purchased a Logiq E compact ultra sound and general imaging device for price of R425 000 and she told the public that she paid R1.5m , also the corruption charges against her were withdrawn when will this corruption comes to an end.

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-08-21 06:51

      oh my word, soon the hospitals will be full of terminally ill politicians again. And then a few weeks later they will be released on medical parole, what a bunch of scheming losers. They should work for their money like the rest of us, bastards, rubbish, ANC trash cadre idiots-to hell with the ANC they are draining the life from this country

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-21 03:14

    I'm afraid that, until Zuma and his thugs are removed, this sort of selective prosecution will be the order of the day...The withdrawal of the charges against Zuma was the precedent - this in spite of Zuma claiming to want his day in court - one wonders why, if they are truly innocent, they cannot face the scrutiny of a trial.

  • Mark McDonogh - 2012-08-21 07:09

    Thank you DA that you are willing to contend for what is right. Please do not stop. Please do not let any intimidation stop you. You are South Africa's last political hope. Please let the rest of the world know what this govt has become. They need to know not simply because it is the truth but they acted against apartheid for those who suffered and now they need to act for the massive deprivation this govt is causing thought its total and absolute evil, corrupted heart. They have lost the heart of their reason for liberty and now only see themselves, the politicians, as the ones to gain from every conceivable evil scheme, no matter if this takes life in the process. Take your efforts to the extreme to make the masses is South Africa realize that there is no hope in their leaders. Please do not back off. Democracy will have its day in court for the benefit of all. Go, go go. Righteousness will always have victory.

  • louise.d.santos.2 - 2012-08-21 07:52

    Dear Lord Jesus, please help our country to have leaders that are selfless and are willing to be happy with their salaries and refuse corruption we ask this in the name of Jesus our lord. Amen

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-21 09:38

    This is TAXPAYERS MONIES that have been stolen, surely we the TAXPAYERS have the right to know the whole in's and out's of the case. This is why these cadres get let off the hook, everything is well hidden.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-08-24 11:17

    News24 deleted my comment I see, again. Media fascism(freakingAngrySmiley)

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