Intaka corruption charges withdrawn

2012-10-01 12:39

Durban - Racketeering and corruption charges against seven people, including two high profile African National Congress politicians, were withdrawn in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Monday.

Charges were also withdrawn against three companies.

It was announced last month that the province's acting director of public prosecutions Moipone Noko intended withdrawing charges.

The seven 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 so-called "amigos" corruption case, which was due to start on Monday.

The "amigos" case is a corruption matter allegedly 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 will go on trial with former provincial treasury boss Sipho Shabalala, who allegedly received a R1m donation for the ANC.

On Monday, charges were formally withdrawn against the speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Peggy Nkonyeni, KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, former KwaZulu-Natal health department head Yolisa Mbele, businessman Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, attorney Nozibele Phindela, attorney Jabulani Thusi and attorney Ian Blose.

Companies against whom charges were formally withdrawn were Rowmoor Investments, Skyros Medical Supplies and Blue Serenity Investments.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-01 12:43

    To Whom it may Concern It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you that our Lady Justice is dead. She was viciously attacked and brutally murdered. The heartless assailants have been identified as Corruption, Nepotism and Greed. They will unfortunately not be prosecuted. Her protectors were not equipped, capable or competent to save her as she slowly bled to death. She will be sorely missed by the victims, and those no longer able to speak for themselves. May she Rest In Peace

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-01 12:45

      Nice Obituary SharonE :) its with great sadness indeed

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 13:09

      you forgot to mention being raped by the shower-party members...

      gordon.trevat - 2012-10-01 13:48

      It's time to strike against this type of corruption! Come on LeadSA. Why not organise protests against this apparent blatant corruption?

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-01 14:03

      you forgot to mention that she was also brutally savaged and raped by the ruling ANC, our 'presidential jakob showerhead zooma' and the rest of the ruling elite.

  • bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-10-01 12:53

    How typical of this country!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-10-01 12:54

    Money talks...... as does political political power and connections...

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-01 12:54

    judging from the picture, Peggy is about to kick off the KZN regional 'Rock, paper, scissors' tournament. the choices seem one sided though

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-01 12:59

    Huh? Seriously? Sheesh, can't believe I'm even surprised... Hope the reasons for this become clearer than the mud they're currently hiding in.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-01 13:00

    Mr Zuma are looking after those that support him?

  • Badger - 2012-10-01 13:13

    Can someone tell us the "reasons" these charges were "withdrawn" ???? Anyone ?

      nick.hill.52493 - 2012-10-01 13:21

      Yes, it's surely is....errr ....that person who normally tells us ... err ...ummm ... whatshisname ??? Ahhh, I remember now, its ....what money do want to pay me ... wow ... OK ... I forgot ....its a politician !! I'm sure this answers your question Badger ??

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 13:34

      because of the "Apartheid"...!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-01 13:39


  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-01 13:18

    Funny that, did they promise to give their support to Jacob in return for the withdrawal of charges?? Honestly, nothing would surprise me with that fu&@$ng clown we call a president!!

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-10-01 13:34

    Money,power and our country's politics seem to be overpowering our country's Lady Justice. It is with great sadness that such a thing occurs. We should be worried as the struggling citizens.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-01 13:35

    i wonder who got paid off?

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-01 13:36

    God will not rest until he has set his people free.If this is a selective justice God will ensure that the truth prevail.In the mean time I appeal to all of us not loose faith in the criminal justice system, there are hard working men and women out there.Let Gos judge the wicked ones and impose the appropriate sentence.Amen

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-01 13:44

      If you're going to pray, rather pray for something worthwhile. I would think God's time would be put to better use by preventing children from being raped or harmed... We, man, make our own choices. Surely it's not for God to determine what punishment is required by our 'laws'. Not that I believe in God, of course... jussayin'

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-01 13:38

    God shall not rest until he has undone any act of cruelity meted out against his people.There is adequate justice in heaven

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-01 13:42

    Have you heard of traversity of justice.To avoid this we need a jury system in South Africa before people loose faith in the criminal justice system, ryt?

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-10-01 13:43

    Why were the charges withdrawn?! GOD DAMMIT!!! Where is the accountability?!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-01 13:43

    Well that's typical - their vote has just been bought.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-01 13:48

    Thanks for your votes, I'll drop the charges now. J.Z.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-01 13:52

    One word ------->>>> zumba

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-10-01 14:17

    If Gunston Savoi is clean, then why charges against John Block have not been dropped yet? It is because he is anti-Zuma or not Zulu enough? In isiXhosa we say "Ityala aliboli" loosely transleted it means that "the arm of the law is very long" and soon it will catch up with you! Unity based on tribal sentiments is not sustainable in the long run! Amasi abekwe elangeni for uZuma!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-01 18:42

    We know why they got left off because they promised to support zuma for his 2nd Term. It is quite obvious. No justice, this is a lawless society we live in. And they want to stop corruption, ha ha ha it makes me laugh. A bunch of corrupt incompetant amigos. No matter what tender or whatever is going, if it concerns money, hands will always be out for a piece of the cake. Its like tipping the waiter, thats how they work. You wont find one honest deal, ever thats why they dont want to employ pale faces, we wont wash our hands with them.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-02 10:08

    People of South Africa pay heed to this scenario. It is evident that we need a strong opposition to bring these thieves to book.We the taxpayers are footing the bill.ANY COUNTRY WITH A STRONG ECONOMY HAS A STRONG OPPOSITION PARTY IN GOVERNMENT.When you cast your next vote, THINK, look around and pay heed to what is happening to our country BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

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