Sack MEC and speaker in 'Amigos' case, DA urges Mkhize

2012-04-24 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Zweli Mkhize has been urged by the Democratic Alliance to stop stalling and suspend Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, who are both charged with corruption in what has become known as the “Amigos” trial

DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said yesterday that failure by Mkhize to immediately suspend Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni in the R42 million Intaka water purification scam, would be a serious blight on his leadership ability.

Mchunu’s statement follows a report in the Sunday Tribune in which Mabuyakhulu, who was ANC provincial treasurer at the time, admitted to receiving R1 million for party funds.

He said he received the money from former provincial Treasury head, Sipho Shabalala, but he denied knowing where the money came from.

Mchunu said Mabuyakhulu’s protestations, that he was not aware of its origins, did not exonerate him.

The DA leader went on to say that any attempt to have charges dropped against Mabuyakhulu or Nkonyeni would make a mockery of the upcoming trial and the justice system. Too many questions remained unanswered and both were key witnesses if the truth was going to be disclosed.

Mkhize has cautioned the DA about making “inappropriate” statements that sought to influence matters before the courts.

He reiterated the position of the provincial cabinet taken on the July 21 last year: “We stand behind Mr Mabuyakhulu and Ms Nkonyeni and work on the principle of colleagues being innocent until proven otherwise. We will respect all legitimate legal processes in this matter.”

Mkhize said their guilt must be proven through the courts and not by a political party.

“We noted media speculations about the dropping of charges and we are surprised that these names continue to be blemished in media based toward selective leaks,” Mkhize said, adding that tt was questionable what the DA knew.

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