Amigos three get bail

2011-08-01 10:24

The additional three accused in the so-called Amigos fraud and corruption trial appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court today.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, economic affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and former provincial health director-general Dr Ronald Green-Thompson were all released on bail after a brief appearance.

Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu were released on bail of R100 000 each. Green-Thompson, who is retired, was released on bail of R40 000.

The three will appear in court again along with the other accused in the case on January 20 next year when a date for trial in the high court will be set.

A final suspect in the case, ANC bookkeeper Delani Mzila who was meant to have been charged along with the three has now turned state witness and will no longer face criminal charges.

The courtroom was packed with Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu’s colleagues from the provincial cabinet and legislature, while the provincial leadership of the ANC, Cosatu and the SACP were also present.

Security around the court complex was tight with streets cordoned off.

The other accused in the case, including former treasury boss Sipho Shabalala and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi appeared in a different court and will join Nkonyeni, Mabuyakhulu and company in court again on January 20 next year.

The state claims that Savoi paid bribes, including a R1-million donation to the ANC, to Shabalala and others in return for tender procedures being bypassed, to grant him tenders to supply water purifiers and oxygen to government departments at inflated prices.

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