Charges against ANC officials withdrawn

2012-08-17 13:44

Durban - Charges of fraud and corruption against six people, including two high-ranking ANC KwaZulu-Natal officials, have been withdrawn, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday.

"The acting Director of Public Prosecutions advocate Moipone Noko has withdrawn charges against six accused in the Intaka case," provincial NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said.

Charges were dropped against KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi and Ian Blose.

"Upon a thorough and interrogative assessment, available evidence including consultations with some key witnesses, the acting Director of Public Prosecutions in consultation with the prosecution team felt there are no prospects of a successful prosecution, therefore these charges cannot be sustained against them during trial," Ramkisson said.

Water purification

The six were 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 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 would 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.

  • john.mcchlery - 2012-08-17 13:51


      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-08-17 14:28

      Suppose not....! They should check their bank accounts for any large withdrawels yesterday 'to make this problem go away' 'n all!!!!! ...she looks like a pig in a dress... would love to wipe that smile off her face

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-08-17 16:09

      There is no way to say this nicely .... the ANC is a bunch of theiving corrupt scum. I am so glad that I am not black ... I would be so ashamed and embarrassed right now if I was.

      graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-08-19 18:31

      phillip.harry.79 - it's simply not good form to compare her to a pig. What did the pig do to deserve such humiliation?

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-17 13:53

    Another one bites the dust !

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-17 13:58

    now THEY off for KFC

  • mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-17 14:06

    This is how the current government fights corruption! Zuma and Mothlante talks about the fight against corruption all the time. So they have intensified the fight. Lets drop the charges of corruption, then we can say "there is no corruption - where is your proof". These lot will probably get promotion and salary increases now... Makes you sick to the stomach.

  • colin.langley - 2012-08-17 14:06

    SICK SICK SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!! And all the usual f'ing ANC trolls that always sign in with fake facebook are f'ing cowards. Take a look at the comments on the Soweton live site....people have had enough of the ANC!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-17 14:13

      Bearpup, yes lets hope that there are enough ANC supporters that have the intelligence to see what their elected government are doing to this country and it's people, maybe we will all have BIG celebrations come 2014, rid of the corrupt scum that treat even their own supporters with absolute distain, not to mention the rest of us.

      colin.langley - 2012-08-17 14:34

      F'ck them all...And that goes to the unions to! OH....and a big F'ck off to greedy corporations...

      Robert - 2012-08-17 15:58

      Dont hold your breath there Bob.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-17 14:32

    Thanks, Jacob. Of course we will support you, whatever you want from us.

  • melusi.biyela.1 - 2012-08-17 14:45

    V from V for Vendetta said it so nicely, \ There is something terribly wrong with this country. \ I see it and I definitely feel it.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-17 15:16

    This is so sad. The ordinary South Africans cannot even trust the NPA that are also in the pocket of the anc. I cannot write it in capital letters because they don't deserve it. This is the reason things like Marikana happened.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-17 15:52

    As Willie Hofmeyr tells us - it is very difficult to eradicate corruption in high places. And, as Motlanthe tells us - the ANC is determined to eradicate corruption (but, obviously not, in high places). Fantastic.

  • gary.guy.507 - 2012-08-17 16:13

    A comment for Peggy and her cohorts ... you are stealing my f.cking money you piece of fat sh.t!

  • mark.wade.9461 - 2012-08-17 16:34

    That's why they called 'the Teflon dons', criminal charges never stick to an ANC official - and that's why there's so much state-sponsored corruption; they know they'll get away with it, or get a diplomatic posting to Washington (with a multi-million golden handshake).

  • lsfreak - 2012-08-17 17:33

    Nothing new there... Wonder if the ANC will give the "donation" back :/

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-17 17:33

    Well we were expecting this, Did'nt the municipality there say that they will support zuma, now you know why. We all said, he would cover up their fraud and corruption if they supported him, now you have your evidence. Its sickening,

  • aiazmir - 2012-08-17 19:25

    How much were the NPA officials paid as a bribe? That is the question.

  • rupert.richter - 2012-08-17 21:30

    Hey.... I've got a water purifier for sale! Can be used in a Hospital, home anywhere! Cheap cheap! Viva ANC....

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-08-17 22:06

    That fat bitch is stealing our money and getting away with it!!

  • pws69 - 2012-08-18 08:25

    The evidence was overwhelming. There was a paper trail that a blind man could follow, yet the NPA say there is no case. Not forgetting that Sipho Shabalala also oversaw massive corruption and theft at Ithala, a STATE OWNED bank, without ANY charges being laid. The ANC thanks you for your vote, now f#$k off, we are busy enriching ourselves.

  • paul.korb.9 - 2012-08-18 08:25

    The constitution and the freedom of the courts are the only bastions left of a failing democracy......this is a very sad day when politicians can hire and fire to get away with corruption! During the dark days of apartheid (at least there was no load shedding) the nationalists with their fire and brimstone speeches about the swart gevaar and the Kommuniste would cause untold misery with their selective policies and still clutch the Bible - the ANC are now doing the same jig! Bemoan corruption and the fight to eradicate it at every opportunity yet behind the scenes they condone it and utilize their current power to cover up their dirty secrets! Leopards never change their spots!

  • Johan - 2012-08-18 16:08

    Let's keep an eye on Noko's career from this moment. One should quickly see what payback she receives for this decision.

  • sa.citizen.3 - 2012-08-19 12:48


  • Vince.York - 2012-08-25 22:25

    What have they done with 'John Galt'? Ayn Rand ?"A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims." | Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

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