KZN ANC bigwigs nabbed by the Hawks

2011-07-31 16:15

Durban - The Hawks have arrested KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and the province’s speaker, Peggy Nkonyeni, in connection with the R44m "Amigos" fraud, corruption and money laundering case.

On Thursday the two were quietly fingerprinted, charged, issued with warning statements to appear in court tomorrow, and released after negotiations between their lawyers and the Hawks.

The clandestine arrests took place in terms of the controversial warrants issued against them by Simphiwe Mlotshwa, provincial director of public prosecutions, allegedly on the instructions of National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane several weeks ago.

The two, who have both occupied the post of ANC KZN treasurer, are also the target of an impending asset forfeiture application, which City Press understands will be brought by the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) in coming weeks.

Two new accused, ANC bookkeeper Delani Mzila and former KZN health department head Dr Ronald Green-Thompson, are set to join the original accused – who include Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi; former KZN treasury boss Sipho Shabalala and his wife, Ntombi; and former health boss Busi Nyembezi – in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

The case will then be adjourned and a date set for trial and the serving of an indictment, which can only be finalised when a forensic report by curator Trevor White is tabled in court.

White refused to discuss the report.


Controversy has dogged the Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu warrants since they were issued and the news leaked to the media.

City Press is advised by a reliable source close to the investigation that there was significant disagreement between Simelane and prosecutors as to whether there was a winnable case against Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu.

It appears that warrants against the two were previously withdrawn, only to be re-issued later.

Also, there is allegedly some disagreement as whether there is enough evidence to seize their assets.

The behind-the-scenes battle in the NPA is apparently part of tensions between Simelane and AFU head Willie Hofmeyr, who is himself the target of charges laid by billionaire fraud accused Dave King, which Simelane referred to the police.

Simelane’s spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga and Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela, were both unaware of the arrests, while Mlotshwa referred City Press to the investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Piet du Plooy, who was unavailable.

Internal battle

Mhaga refused to discuss the internal NPA battle over the case.

Simelane and Hofmeyr were scheduled to discuss the matter with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe as part of a discussion around the tensions between the two on Friday, but the meeting was postponed.

Both the ANC and the KZN provincial government are set to support Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni in court on Monday. 

  • Chris2.0 - 2011-07-31 10:20

    About time! Looks like the fall of the comrades have started! Hopefully the Hawks will not stop until they get to the bottom of the ANC corruption! But they better do it quick - otherwise they'll also be disbanded like the Scorpions!

      Anonymous123 - 2011-07-31 16:26

      "Get to the bottom" that's a mighty deep hole Chris.

      kidblack - 2011-07-31 16:46


      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-31 16:50

      They , like Ms Cwele , will remain on full pay/benefits !!

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-31 16:59

      Why doesn't the ANC just rename itself the African National Kleptocracy? - 2011-07-31 18:06

      Lets pray that this is truly the start of the ANC current management team's fall. We in South Africa, as South African... White, Black, brown, colored need the current ANC leaders out of control to REALLY benefit as SOUTH AFRICANS from our OWN country. At this stage, Every single ANC led government structure is to the core corrupt. They steal us blindly... Then they try and create a law to hide it all... I pray for us ALL in South Africa... May the current government structure come to a fall. We need our OWN South Africa BACK! Amen...

      ZotBot - 2011-08-01 08:23

      They must just bust someone now who was involved in the corrupt Arms Deal. If one corrupt card is pulled from the stack, the whole corrupt ANC house will come crumbling down. No honour among thieves ...

      TheWasp - 2011-08-01 10:25

      The ANC actually needs to STEP DOWN as this is just ongoing, everyday and never stops. They are a criminal Govt that steals from it's people. They should be tried and Jailed! The fish Rots from the head down............

      Dikgoshi - 2011-08-01 17:16

      Chris, that is precisely my worry....... In this beautiful land of ours, any public servant that seems to be standing on the path of righteousness gets smacked out of the way........ But don't worry, the truth always prevails, no matter how long it takes...........

  • chris.khanye - 2011-07-31 12:50

    ANC! My Beloved ANC! At the end it ended up like - currupt, currupt and more corrupt! ANC My Beginning, ANC My End! Lament of - a better life for all.

      Smeich - 2011-07-31 17:19

      That's why you guys need to start sending some votes to opposition parties, a balance of power is always a good thing. Even if the DA got 66% of the votes, they too, in time would become corrupt. Shared power is key.

      1SAIBn88 - 2011-07-31 18:05

      It's true Chris. In a democracy you vote for a party as long as its good for you and your people. When it's not good anymore you vote for another party.

      ZotBot - 2011-08-01 08:24

      My saying to the blind sheep follower of the ANC is this: "YOUR ANC, YOUR BLINDNESS, NO FUTURE"

      SayWhat? - 2011-08-01 09:52

      Don't get too excited. The KZN ANC bankrupted the city of Pietermarizburg in their last term and were voted back in with a greater majority.

      Gazza - 2011-08-07 19:25

      I was once told by a young co-worker, "the ANC is in my blood, I will always vote ANC" I can understand what the ANC did for us historically, but what I fail to understand is how we cannpt see what they're doing for us now....that is to say NOTHING! So what if we vote DA, it's not a white party, it's healthy competition! Come on People WAKE UP! get these B@#$%rds out!

      Meanleader - 2011-09-06 13:10

      khanye ...your profile seems to be a bit suspect !!!! a reporter maybe , or news editor ...... my condolences on YOUR ANC ...they have fullfilled my expectations !!! sad really !

  • Mmoledi - 2011-07-31 13:13

    The ANC of the era of Tata Madiba is gone now we are seeing an ANC whic is full of corruption and forgetting what their manadate was, to serve the nation now they are looking to themselves, their families, and their relatives, This is a bread and butter ANC and nothing else from top to last local councillor corruption elements are there and are killing the nation and entire country. We do not want klyptocrats in our government so it is still early we urge the ruling party to change and also do what is right those in government who are corrupt be removed and arrested as we are all equal before the law and not only poor be convicted of crime and corruption and those holding high political position then not. The country is suffering while politicians are getting more and more rich using poor people.That system of greediness should stop we do not want this beautiful country to follow the footsteps of Egypt,Tunisia and Libya.

      BrokenLink - 2011-07-31 16:32

      Well thats why Mandela and his comrades fought for freedom, you dont have to wait for the ruling party to change, you change the ruling party. The only way to get them to change is to vote against them, otherwise they will simply continue on their ways.

      Ouman - 2011-07-31 18:00

      Shout loud and persistently about our DEMOCRACY and sway people away from the reality..RSA is a KLEPTOCRACY.

      World Traveler - 2011-07-31 18:09

      Vote DA in the next elections, give the anc a huge fright! Get them working for the people. get them scared of losing their seats in parliament. Get them scared of losing the elections Ha! Ha! Down with corruption! Down with the anc mafia!

      umhlopo - 2011-07-31 20:55

      that is wishful thinking,the only way to sort this government out is to vote them out

      ZotBot - 2011-08-01 08:26

      Now we just have to convince the poor bra. Unfortunately the ANC propaganda machine delivers a few food parcels, yellow T-shirts and makes a few more lying promises at every election, and that's enough to convince the poor masses again to vote ANC. If we can somehow change that mindset among the poor, then the ANC will have no more power. VIVA DEMOCRACY, VIVA MANDELA, VIVA DA, VIVAAAAAAAAA

  • GT - 2011-07-31 13:36

    What should worry everyone is that these people were fingered a while ago and yet the ANC ingmored it and kept them in positions of power. Waiting for courts to rule whilst politically powerful people are presumed innocent is a dangerous game that is coming back to haunt the ANC. My days of feeling pity are gone. They must go to jail

  • v3 - 2011-07-31 14:12

    Looks like Simelane is trying to be the loyal ANC apparatchik - protecting the protected croniate. "disagreement between Simelane and prosecutors" Scum

      World Traveler - 2011-07-31 18:11

      Simelane is an anc lackey of the first order. A yes-man. a leach, sucking the life-blood of the nation! Vote DA in the next elections!! Boot the thieves out!

  • THE.SRG - 2011-07-31 16:09

    Zuma and Malema:"Whats going on here,its all falling appart around us,I thought we were untouchable"

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-31 16:14

      then again we all know how SA works so dont hold your breath

  • Banana_Republic - 2011-07-31 16:13

    "Both the ANC and the KZN provincial government are set to support Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni in court on Monday" - so tomorrow there will be singing, dancing and a massive increase in sales of chicken outside the courthouse as the connected cadres and taxpayer funded civil servants move from doing buggerall in the provincial offices to doing buggerall in the streets of Pmb. Doubt Juliaas will be there demanding the accused ROT IN JAIL.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-31 16:29

      Never a truer comment uttered. Very well said. Sums it up perfectly.

      crackerr - 2011-07-31 16:38

      You only support them if you are of the same criminal mindset.

      crackerr - 2011-07-31 16:44

      A bit more specific. It's like with funerals. Go to funerals and the others will see you there and attend yours later. Make a support appearance at others court cases and others will do the same for you when your turn comes. It is SICKENING what this country has become.

      World Traveler - 2011-07-31 18:12

      The song n' dance brigade will be out in full force!!

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-07-31 16:13

    What a farce. The who's who of the ANC and criminal world are one and the same.

      ZotBot - 2011-08-01 08:28

      Most of these 'big wigs' were somehow involved in the corrupt Arms Deal which wasted billions that could have been used to uplift the poor. If one of these Arms Deal ANC are brought down, then they will all be brought down. That's why the ANC is fighting against the Arms Deals case being reopened. They will all be exposed as thieves of the poor.

  • Wayne - 2011-07-31 17:30

    Hawu! Too mush of surprise. Eet wazzn't me.

  • Babba x - 2011-07-31 17:35

    Simelane is attempting to protect the ANC cronies, comrades, buddies. He is a political placement

  • Peter - 2011-07-31 17:35

    What is the ANC and KZN provincial government going to supoert?

  • The Monk - 2011-07-31 17:36

    When will their supporters understand? Buy what is the alternative? Cope (they are a joke)?, the DA (none other than the nats)?, IFP (bygones)?. We have no real alternative. I would rather not vote.

      World Traveler - 2011-07-31 18:16

      @monk - You obviously have no brains, the Nats are in the anc, maybe that did not get your attention some years ago, but they formally joined the anc!! Strange but true! No vote equals a half vote for the anc. Think for once in your miserable life, monk!

      euro-african - 2011-07-31 18:28

      Actually, the Nats are in the anc. Who do you think taught the anc corruption and maladministration. Thats right, the Nats gave their new party (anc) the manuals on corruption they developed long ago. Good to see the anc have adapted to them so well. If you dont vote, then this country is doomed and Tata Madiba sacrificed his life for nothing.

      The Monk - 2011-07-31 21:10

      Poor World Traveler. What a dope. Do you know what happens when you urinate in the ocean? Does it make the ocean any dirtier? Go back to the little hole you call sanity.

      chingon - 2011-07-31 23:43

      you do not have to vote for the other parties because you support them, but rather to reduce the majority of the anc, so that possibly the anc will see that they need to work to retain power.

      Ralph Long - 2011-08-01 00:41

      Monk you are a doorknob, no brains.

      1nawty0 - 2011-08-01 09:08

      In response to your query..." yes it does make the oceans Dirtier" However you are entitled to your opinion and other people are entitled to respond to your opinion...... IT DOES NOT, HOWEVER, ENTITLE OTHER PEOPLE TO INSULT YOU..... I apologise on their behalf

  • jock - 2011-07-31 17:36

    i cant believe it!Anc big wigs corrupt?

  • Peter - 2011-07-31 17:36

    What is the ANC and KZN government going to suport?

  • andrew.hartung - 2011-07-31 17:38

    Is there anybody left in the ANC that has not been in court yet for enriching themselves??

      Vincent - 2011-10-05 17:24

      There is one... Thuli Madonsela - Public Protector! She is one small glimmer of hope within the ANC. If she was put in charge of the ANC I think she could actually make it a party worth voting for!

  • rob barrie - 2011-07-31 17:46

    There is still a lot of them out there. I am afriad the Hawks dont have enough resources to catch them. They believe that they are entitled to steal every thing in this country

  • 1SAIBn88 - 2011-07-31 18:03

    Go boys go!

  • - 2011-07-31 18:05

    Lets pray that this is truly the start of the ANC current management team's fall. We in South Africa, as South African... White, Black, brown, colored need the current ANC leaders out of control to REALLY benefit as SOUTH AFRICANS from our OWN country. At this stage, Every single ANC led government structure is to the core corrupt. They steal us blindly... Then they try and create a law to hide it all... I pray for us ALL in South Africa... May the current government structure come to a fall. We need our OWN South Africa BACK! Amen...

      Dave - 2011-07-31 21:03

      Amen, we as people of this country need to take back honesty

      Collitjies - 2011-08-01 09:50

      Well written exactly as it is happening.

  • horsehair - 2011-07-31 18:34


  • EuropeanAfrican - 2011-07-31 18:38

    Next up Juluis "Dumb ass" Malema!

      ZotBot - 2011-08-01 08:29

      He must go to jail. He will probably like it there, I here there are little boys for him to play with

      Charlie - 2011-08-01 10:18

      Let's hope so!

  • Robert - 2011-07-31 18:44

    I agree with Chris2.0 about the Hawks not stopping until they get to the bottom of all the corruption & doing it quickly or they could go the same way as the Scorpions.

  • Yoni - 2011-07-31 18:50

    It must be very painful for Simelane to order these prosecutions?

  • welshwizard - 2011-07-31 19:41


  • Chibuli - 2011-07-31 20:08

    Now why am I not surprised? Oh yes, they're ANC...!!

  • Mandla - 2011-07-31 20:14

    It will never change people, the ANC will always be corrupt. there will always be some other thief waiting in the wings to take the last ones place. then it starts all over again.

      sipholess - 2011-07-31 20:34

      Spot on Mandla, No control, No management, who will be next to step in and scoop the people's money ? There are thousand's to come and very little hope at all. Sorry folks, this country is so beautiful but so dead in the water.

  • umhlopo - 2011-07-31 20:52

    here goes another large whack of taxpayers money

  • Dave - 2011-07-31 21:01

    The City Press seems to be doing more for this country than the official opposition in exposing whats really going down

  • Sean - 2011-07-31 21:05

    Ok. so if we watch this closely we hope that they will get serious fines and jail time the same as a tax dodger! I mean if I miss my tax payments they send the cops round to put you in jail. So lets see some equality!

  • LDP - 2011-08-01 07:06

    How much of this is going on undetected? Such high powered positions committing crimes of this magnitude? Shocking. Absolutely disgusting.

  • 1eye - 2011-08-01 07:35

    Mackenzie for President

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-08-01 07:45

    Let the poor, and disadvantaged, know where these people live, let them see how these people live, in luxury, when in other areas of Durban the power is cut off. Good luck Hawks, and I hope the proceeds of crime are confiscated.

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-08-01 08:18

    High time that they re-deploy Menzi Simelane !! He is a law unto himself and suffer with "small man syndrome/complex".

  • Collitjies - 2011-08-01 09:48

    Unfortunately the hole the Hawks are trying to close is a bottomless pit.Corruption begins right at the top as we have noticed and they will cover for each other.

  • Neil - 2011-08-01 10:09

    Can I ask for all my tax money, PAYE etc to be returned to me? I'm sick and tired of these corrupt mo-fo's wasting it! I'll take that money and repair all the potholes in my area and maybe use it to repair damages to my car that was caused by said potholes. Same can be done with other basic services. Just a thought...

  • Blaque4sho - 2011-08-01 12:16

    This is actually very embarassing, I mean how many more stories of corruption must we here before these perpetrators are brought into book. This is scary... where is this country going to be in 10yrs time...20yrs time. And why wait until next year january to trial these thugs. Disgusting... truly disgusting.

  • bryan hurd - 2011-08-01 14:07

    On full pay no doubt,ANC supports them,how does it go? support one support all,pass one pass all,increase one increase all,how about fire one fire all.

  • ruffled - 2011-08-01 14:59

    Great stuff !!!!!! ...good reading ... I like it !! ... good jobs in progress !! Go HAWKS !! :))))

  • Emil Loffler - 2011-08-02 11:37

    Hardly any relief here! One anc reports another so he can get his position, in order to do the same corruption and criminal self-enrichment. Probablt there's hawks being bribed to do the arrest, and being promised further bribes after the new mongoloid has the postion. One man one vote means all the black masses will vote in corrupt people, as they know they genetically will never have the white Westernized intelligence to do the real job, let alone talk the language ptoperly. They give themselves white Westernized titles in spite of downplaying us, only a backward self-bastardized mentality does that. Then they shout foul against whites in order to get their hands on their cash infractures. The so called "armed liberation struggle" was only a terrorist takeover in my view. Mandela himself knew all that would transpire from one man one vote, and millions of stupid uninformed people give him a Nobel prize? Under the guise that he stopped a civil war? I think not, our whites here had become "pushovers."

  • Gazza - 2011-08-07 19:16

    FRAUD&CORRUPTION, FRAUD&CORRUPTION, FRAUD&CORRUPTION!Everytime these words arise,you will for sure find the letters A.N.C in the paragraph! Come on, why do the people that vote these scoundrels into power not see that things must change before it's to late(look at Greece&Italy) apartheid can, and will never happen again, so lets vote them out people!

  • Jason - 2012-01-11 11:29

    And come next election, uneducated supporters will vota ANC again, why because of empty promises, T-Shirts and some KFC - Our Beautiful SA is f*cked, why because of these corrupt thieving bastards!!

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