DA asks Mchunu to act

2012-01-19 00:00

THE opposition is mounting political pressure on Willies Mchunu, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, to act against the SA Police Service provincial commissioner, Mammonnye Ngobeni.

This after Ngobeni and her husband, Brigadier Lucas Ngobeni, were involved in a car accident that left one person, a pastor from Johannesburg, dead. He was hit by a car driven by Lucas, who was travelling with Mammonnye to the ANC centenary celebrations in Mangaung, in the Free State.

The commissioner declined to comment on the incident, saying it was sensitive and she did not want to incriminate herself. The Ngobenis are also at the centre of bribery allegations and tender fraud relating to a contract for accommodation of the police in Durban during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Businessman Thoshan Pillay, who won the contract, reportedly paid for the birthday party of the commissioner’s husband after the commissioner had halted the investigation into the alleged scam.

Yesterday, the DA posed a question in parliament to Mchunu in relation to the two incidents, saying the MEC had to act on the matter, lest he be accused of politically sheltering the two officials.

The DA leader at the provincial legislature, Sizwe Mchunu, said they wanted Mchunu to act against the commissioner, and suggested suspending the commissioner until the issues of the two incidents are cleared up.

“Commissioner Ngobeni has a poor track-record when it comes to allowing investigations to be conducted without exerting her influence. It is the commissioner who allegedly ordered the investigation into the accommodation scam to be halted just four days into the enquiry.”

Mchunu said the MEC can no longer ignore the serious claims against both parties and must urgently reconsider whether they are suitable candidates for the privileged positions they hold.

“All we want to see is that there is no preferential treatment and justice is applied equally regardless of who you are.”

Kwanele Ncalane, the spokesperson for the MEC, said they had not received the questions and will be in a position to respond once they have viewed them.

“These will be legislature questions and we will be in a position to respond in the legislature once it convenes.”

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