Intaka corruption charges may be dropped

2012-04-19 12:39

Durban - Charges of corruption against high profile KwaZulu-Natal ANC politicians implicated in the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to Intaka may be dropped, the Mercury reported on Thursday.

Independent sources told the paper the head of National Prosecuting Authority's commercial crime unit Richard Mrwebi was reviewing the decision to prosecute KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni and economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu.

Nkonyeni, Mabuyakhulu, former Ithala development finance corporation CEO Sipho Shabalala, and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi have been charged with racketeering and corruption.

The charges against them relate to the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to Savoi's company, Intaka, to supply water purification plants and oxygen generating units to provincial hospitals.

The Mercury reported that Mrwebi recently called in a meeting to discuss the trial and was expected to make a decision on prosecuting Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni.

"Advocate Mrwebi has not made any decision about this matter because it falls under the director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal. We are not at liberty to discuss matters pending before court as the matter has been set down for trial," NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Mrwebi was recently appointed by President Jacob Zuma.

In January Judge Ron McLaren set the trial date for October 1 to December 14.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-19 12:50

    No big surprise! This is the reason why corruption is so rampant in this country-they know they are protected and will get away with it! Surely there is a process where VALID reasons should be given before it is dropped? The gravy bowl gets deeper daily!

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:03

      Flip - of course charges will be dropped! A little 'political interference', and Bob's you uncle. Poor Shabir's 'terminal condition' all those years ago comes to mind. We have 2 sets of rules in SA, and only one group has 'Gravy' with their food.

      Sharon - 2012-04-19 13:05

      Corruption??? What corruption? I the ANC's Utopia corruption is nil, crime is non-existent, education is booming, people don't die in hospitals and there is no unemployment. I also want to live there..

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:16

      Whaahaa Shirley - well just hop onto the Gravy Train to Utopia. Juju is about to vacate his seat.

      Shirley - 2012-04-19 13:26

      Alan: Problem is juju taking too long to exit and I might be a bit fair to be gravyfied!

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:31

      fair comment

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-04-19 12:51

    We know they will be dropped, I mean your president is also corrupt. How can we really expect him to get rid of it, that would be too much to ask.

  • Herman - 2012-04-19 12:52

    Damn, this is a fight we are losing head on. The anc shows every day their ways of dealing. They are the most corrupt and utterly incompetent governing body in the world, how can any rightminded person keep on voting for them??

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-19 12:57

      You can repeat that, we are losing the battle!

      Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-04-19 12:59

      which party that don't do corruption????????

      Piet - 2012-04-19 13:01

      The DA , Clean audits from the auditor general!

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:03

      Eish Boet - becuase they get given foodparcels around election time!

      Herman - 2012-04-19 13:08

      @ Alan, a chicken and T-shirt rules SA, pathetic!

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:24

      @Herman - make that a headless chicken

      Herman - 2012-04-19 13:26

      Yip Alan headless and no backbone.....

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:32

      eish - must tell KFC to market The Juju Chicken Flattie next

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:54

      oops - I forgot 'with GRAVY', fresh off the train.

  • Badger - 2012-04-19 12:55

    "R.E.A.L.L.Y. ???" Tell us something we DON'T Know. S.O.P's of the ANC

  • David - 2012-04-19 12:55

    Even if they were found guilty they would appeal. If the appeal failed they would appeal again. All this will cost the taxpayer more money and would carry on going in circles for years. Corruption at its best. I was always taught that crime does not pay - Well in SA seems like crime pays very well.

  • Felix - 2012-04-19 12:57

    "Advocate Mrwebi has not made any decision about this matter because it falls under the director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal. We are not at liberty to discuss matters pending before court as the matter has been set down for trial," Not sure if missing something or misleading headline.

      Felix - 2012-04-19 13:22

      Just read the Mercury, I get it. Zoomy's pawns at work.

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-04-19 12:58

    @Herman which party people must vote for and even DA,IFP,NFP do corruption So let not blame ANC let blame NPA why they will dropped charge

      Piet - 2012-04-19 13:03

      The DA received clean audits from the Auditor general, did the ANC?

      Herman - 2012-04-19 13:04

      Catch a wake up Ayanda, the anc is bringing this country to it's knees in double time. They are the worst thing to ever have happened to SA bar Apartheid. I look at the Western Cape and see the DA working there, yes working, not stealing, wake up please.

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:04

      The NPA does what the boss tells them to do.

      Shirley - 2012-04-19 13:26

      Dont they have newspapers in your area?

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:33

      Just the Govt. Gazette

  • Piet - 2012-04-19 13:01

    Keep on voting ANC Viva!!!!!!!!!

  • zipho500 - 2012-04-19 13:02

    Was about time.Good! drop these charges already!!!!

      Felix - 2012-04-19 13:23

      Business partners of yours?

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:41

      They might BEE business partners!

  • Gavin - 2012-04-19 13:05

    ignorANCe and arrogANCe go hand in hand with Zuma and his bunch of cronies.

  • William - 2012-04-19 13:05

    What a joke!!!! An open door policy for our public servants to commit crime without fear of prosecution. Really sad!!

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-19 13:36

      its not about what you know its about who you know. I have always said this is Canan for some people the land of milk and honey enjoy

  • Gavin - 2012-04-19 13:06

    NPA stands for: not prosecuting anybody.

      Herman - 2012-04-19 13:11

      not prosecuting anc

      Piet - 2012-04-19 13:32

      Should be the NPC, Not prosecuting cadres....

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-04-19 13:09

    herman if DA is working my question for you why crime still increase in Cape town kids get rape and people get killed what DA do about that Nothing

      Herman - 2012-04-19 13:12

      Because the SAP is controlled by the anc as well as the judiciary system......wake up man

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-19 13:19

      blind ayanda shame you gonna vote yourself into a zim situation viva economic free 'dom' viva poverty viva corruption

      Niekie - 2012-04-19 13:31

      We are not talking about who does what Ayanda! It is all about accountability. These tsotsi's in their suits and fancy cars steal because they know if you are friends with Zuma you will get of scot-free! Look at Zumas friend Shaik for example. If the leader of a company, country or political party is corrupt then chances are his underlings will be too! All this while there are millions that are hungry, jobless, waterless! And please don't blame apartheid for this. The ANC has been in power going on 20 years and they have changed nothing for the man on the street!

      Piet - 2012-04-19 13:34

      Because the DA does not control that. Who is the minister for safety and security? Police commisioners is all Cadre deployed. Even in the Western Cape.

      Peter - 2012-04-19 14:12

      @Ayanda maybe you should read the article about the 17 year old that got rapped by 7 men in soweto, who runs that province? hmmmm?

      phatudi.nathaniel - 2012-04-24 12:11

      Ayanda w'l endup calling you small mind cre.... becouse of your ignorance,you dnt kow how much was stolen from the state coffers,secret fund,malema getting more than 400m of tenders,you dnt know intaka scooped 600m,you dnt know zuma's family owns mines without a knowledge,zuma renting luxarious vehicles for his wives maybe you dnt know about kids atending school under the trees.can you tel me what wil happen after 30yrs when this freedom fighters are dead...i wish you reply me...

  • Dennis - 2012-04-19 13:14

    WANTED : ANC cadres to steal 24/7. Write your own cheque ! Perks : Free medical at private clinic, free house in leafy suburb, flashy 4x4, plenty pension and immunity from prosecution !!

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:19

      Yeah - and you get to spend your last days with 'terminal illnesses' on the golf course. And when you die, you will get a R3mil funeral party for anybody that wants to attend.

  • colin.langley - 2012-04-19 13:18 after reading yet ANOTHER article about charges being dropped against well connected people i can assume that anybody who still votes ANC has no brain at all. So since they cease to have any brain function they should be classified as deceased and the ID books made void. This would ease the queue situation dramatically when it comes to vote again. I rest my case...VIVA ANC my ass!

      Piet - 2012-04-19 13:35 is sad ne!

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:35

      umm - I think he says that those that STILL choose to vote for them after seeing all the c*rruption that goes on, vote with their hearts instead of their heads.

      colin.langley - 2012-04-19 14:23

      thanks Alan...that is what i mean. I don't understand why Ayanda is such a sychophant when it comes to the you Ayanda Yaya Khumalo condone corruption?..Oh and one mopre thing for mr braindead...i do not care what colour our government is made up long as they do their job right and stop stealing from the PEOPLE!

      phatudi.nathaniel - 2012-04-24 11:43

      Lets stop calling people what your saying.majority of the voters are not aware of corruption and they are geting social grants and falling RDP houses.i think if u can,go to exile....

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-19 13:24

    corruption anc number 1 policy viva sa ignorance vote anc you to really prove that you are an idiot

      Piet - 2012-04-19 13:35

      Who you going to vote for next elections Ayanda?

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:37

      Those that vote for clean Governance are those that vote for a better future for all SA's.

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-19 13:45

      wonder who and what was payed to squash this case

      Peter - 2012-04-19 14:19

      @ Ayanda, those vote for DA are what ??????????? Smarter than those that Vote for ANC duh....

  • Harry - 2012-04-19 13:24

    I think Zuma camp just looks at the political clout of the offender, and decides to co-opt him if he can be used. Then if he changes his mind to support Zuma then they just reopen the hearings. Seems like SA is ran by tribal chieftan mafia.

      Alan - 2012-04-19 13:37

      hmmmm - it's not impossible that the people that get off scott free have enough dirt on others to bring them down....

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-04-19 13:48

    WTF. Is it surprising. Hell no. ANC scumbags

  • Anton - 2012-04-19 13:55

    Anyone surprised? Let’s revisit this simple yet effective 6-step management strategy: 1. Corrode education standards and maintain an uneducated voter-base. 2. Position the current regime as “the people’s government”, by a) demonising previous administrations, political figures with differing views, or opposing parties, and b) joining forces with a Stalinist labour union, with fat & happy leaders, sipping drinks in their chauffeured luxury vehicles. 3. Propose legislation prohibiting exploits going public. Not in the public interest, you see, and are matters of a highly sensitive nature. Control the media and you control the people – or something like that. 4. Affect the independence of the judiciary. 5. Ensure stakeholders in the West, and the East, are kept happy. Let’s not upset the global macro-economic applecart, so to speak. Don’t get involved in controversial politics, don’t take sides, keep on exporting commodities and awarding contracts to friends overseas, with the occasional kickback. 6. Drop the tax for the low income groups. Remember the 80/20 principle? Don’t worry too much about the 20% who moan about fiscal, monetary, and political policies. As long as you keep the 80% who contribute the least, happy, you’ll be fine (refer to point 1 above). Have a braai and give away a few houses before the next round of elections. We’ll all look like heroes, comrades! And just like that, we’re free to raid the country coffers.

  • Mike - 2012-04-19 13:58

    We have stories of corruption uncovered every day. Besides Shabby Shaik and Tony Y has anybody been prosecuted ???

      Alan - 2012-04-19 14:03

      Shabby got the deal of a lifetime! His prosecution just happened as a token gesture and a smokescreen in the days before BLATANT corruption became the political buzzword. Let's face it - Shabby had to goof off in hospital for a while, but he is living the life of a 'healthy' king now.

      Anton - 2012-04-19 17:06

      @Leonard, at the risk of entering into the "your land", "our land", "Khoisan land" who-stole-land-from-who debate, the fact of the matter is that certain politicians are stealing from 'the people' (you and me). Your earnings are taxed. Your KFC is taxed. The government has committed to taking that and building schools, and providing people with basic sanitation. Yet individuals are taking your money and putting it into their own pockets, in many instances even taking it out of the country. Saying that the Dutch/English/Boers stole so now we’re balancing it is absurd. Someone is wasting your money, and you’re okay with that?

  • Biggs - 2012-04-19 14:00

    To stlouis heidtmann, i don't condone corruption but you say to those who are voting ANC are idiots, then what about to those who are voting DA ? I guese they are refugees .

      Peter - 2012-04-19 14:06

      Lol is that the best you can do Biggs? Just like the rest of the ANC point fingers at someone else when its your fault. Had the ANC not been in charge of the education in Eastern Cape Zille wouldnt have made the comment. If your gonna take a jab at DA atleast make it worth while lol

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-19 14:13

      at biggs you complain about one statement that YOU misunderstood but you vote for a corrupt miss manage goverment that allows criminals run around every department building there mansions walls with YOUR tax money and they want to make it law so you will never know enjoy future poverty bruv WP at least proper education not 1000 teachers absent on the first day of

      Alan - 2012-04-19 14:19

      WTF was that all about Biggs?

  • Thabo - 2012-04-19 14:12

    Its about time we burn the : Constitution, Flag, Open prison doors and Legalise Anarchy, Nepotism and Corruption. Then, it will not be surprising if any one is forgiven for any wrong.

  • kwongsee - 2012-04-19 14:17

    Yup Just another day in South Africa

  • Thando - 2012-04-19 14:21

    If th NPA cant prove graft then what??.......if a person cn b scott free bcoz of a technicality thn??.......blame th incompetent saps nd npa......these cases jst make me sick.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-19 14:24

    ayanda if all are corrupt in anc are arrested almost none will remain of anc in parlament

  • Ted - 2012-04-19 14:49

    Everywhere you go in this country there is corruption. It reminds me of a song by one Zim musician (Thomas Mapfumo) aptly named 'Corruption' Its no surprise he is now living in exile. The vulture and dead carcass attitude people have to governing is astonishing. I suggest that for people to qualify for political office, they should show us what they would have done for themselves first before they can try to do something for the people. I do not see what Malema can offer the youth of this country if he himself did not even go to school or doesn't even show the willingness to do so. Its like a poor sangoma telling you he is giving you a talisman to win the lottery. The general rot of society is also manifest in the racial, sexual, tribal and homophobic diatribes on this forum. Please note that abuse of this forum is in itself a form of corruption!

  • Keith - 2012-04-19 14:53

    How many ANC Officials have been charged with corruption versus the amount convicted? Anyone know? How many officials are or have been investigated for corruption versus the amount of officials in the ruling party or officials in office? would be interested to see those stats.

      Alan - 2012-04-19 14:55

      No can do - State Secrecy Bill y'know.....

  • flysouth - 2012-04-19 15:07

    So the fix is in!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-19 15:54

    No wonder these anc members sit with smiles on their faces in court..they have nothing to worry about....they know they will get off. They should make a documentary on this epidemic here in SA... called.... "BELIEVE IT OR" and sell it to TV channels around the world, believe me...people would not believe it. Damn ...just gave a good money making idea to someone.

  • Johan - 2012-04-19 17:51

    Oh Oh I smell a rat, in particular, of the political influence nature

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