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Nkonyeni seeks probe to clear her name

2011-10-29 14:32

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni has invited Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate allegations by the DA that she was "profiteering" from her position in office.

"I would be inviting the Public Protector Ms Thuli Madonsela to investigate these allegations so that my name can be cleared once and for all," said Nkonyeni on Saturday.

Nkonyeni's spokesperson Wonder Hlongwa said the allegations were designed to "tarnish the image of Nkonyeni" and "convict her in the court of public opinion".

"The only way in which her name would be cleared would be to have an independent body such as the office of the Public Protector to come and investigate the allegations," Hlongwa said.

Allegations

On Friday, DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu alleged that 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.

"Most damning is a payment of R222 300, in 2008, to one of Nkonyeni’s companies for the supply of 'medical wheelchairs', at a time when she was provincial health MEC," said Mchunu.

Nkonyeni had been charged with fraud and corruption in 2009, in connection with a mammogram cancer scanning machine, but charges were withdrawn because of lack of evidence.

She was also taken to the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on charges of corruption. This was related to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department.

The case was expected to resume early next year.

Comments
  • Oneant - 2011-10-29 14:41

    Is the height of innovation with these people using public funds to buy their own products? Sad really. It says a lot about the special K.

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-29 15:58

      Oh come on Oneant, she is innocent until proven guilty. Evidence speaks louder than speculation.

      Yar - 2011-10-29 17:15

      @ Simnik She is not innocent until proven guilty. She is presumed innocent until proven guilty. There is an important difference. I'm certain the evidence will be forthcoming. She won't be the first member of the Association of National Criminals who has tried this cheap trick. Why do all of them have business on the side. Shouldn't their government work pay enough, and shouldn't their government work get their full attention. And Simnik, shouldn't you be studying now. You have been on this sight all week. You are going to fail.

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-29 17:36

      Lol Yar thanks for the "Lecture"...I thought I told you I study for 60 minutes and take a 15 minutes break for posting on News24 and facecebook. Dude, get off my case...let me study my way. I'm not gonna fail, all my DP's are above 60%, chill...

      Yar - 2011-10-29 17:44

      @Sim You said you study flat out except Sundays. I am watching you. It's for your own good. Log off and study - see you in December.

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-29 17:57

      Lol ...dude, you must've misunderstood me, of course I study 6 days a week, but I take regular breaks between study periods.

  • Wouter - 2011-10-29 16:11

    I know where we can put the probe!!

  • William - 2011-10-29 16:21

    I DONT THINK SHE SHOULD GET THE PUBLIC PROTECTERS OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THEY WILL PROBARLY FIND MUCH MORE THAN WE ALL KNOW ABOUT!!!!

  • boatmedic - 2011-10-29 16:25

    Where there is smoke....

      alansmart223 - 2011-11-01 20:18

      Stille waters, diepe grond, Onder dans die duiwel rond. And you can study till u're purple in the face, Heres another one..Al het 'n aap watse papier, Sy bly nog steeds 'n stomme dier !

  • Koos - 2011-10-29 16:48

    If she would rather just admit - could save millions in legal fees. If found guilty she'll have 10 excuses and appeal. It's a culture. If probed they must also look at the companies' tax mattaers. How was the profits distributed? The corruption culture way? Like Malema's?

  • arcticencounter - 2011-10-29 18:13

    The best predictor of future behaviour, is past behaviour, Ms Nkonyeni.

  • Chris - 2011-10-30 06:35

    This statement in the article "Nkonyeni had been charged with fraud and corruption in 2009, in connection with a mammogram cancer scanning machine, but charges were withdrawn because of lack of evidence. She was also taken to the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on charges of corruption. This was related to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department. The case was expected to resume early next year." must surely be sufficient for her to have been suspended already. When will JZ ckean his corridors of power and get rid of the deployed cadre's?

      Yar - 2011-10-30 08:46

      Probably never. It would make him a very lonely man.

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-30 13:58

    Guilty until proven innocent...she is already paid bail for her involvement in th e tender fraud with wanted criminal fraudster Gaton Savoi...As Madonsela has said to the people "You are the victims of bad governance and so, it does not help you to protect those that are corrupt.” “It is not that you hate the system or your organ of state or people in it when you report corruption. If you turn a blind eye, it will get worse and before we know it there will be no resources for the much needed basic services.” Why is it so hard to believe that half of the ANC leadersip is corrupt...the evidence is everywhere...LETS GET REAL AND UNITE S A NATION TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY....THAT IS YOUR ECONOMIC FREEDOM

  • Angela - 2011-10-30 15:45

    Strike 3 and you're out!

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