KZN MEC, speaker get R100 000 bail

2011-08-01 11:18

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and the province's legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni were granted R100 000 bail each by the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Their co accused, former KZN health department head Ronald Green-Thompson was released on R40 000 bail.

The State did not oppose bail, arguing the accused were not flight risks. They were told to appear in court again on January 20 next year for a High Court date.

The trio face fraud and corruption charges relating to a R1m "donation" paid by South American businessman Gaston Savoi to the ANC in 2007, allegedly in exchange for a R45m government tender.

Standard procedures were allegedly bypassed to award a tender to Savoi's company Intaka, to supply water purification plants to hospitals and clinics in KwaZulu-Natal at inflated prices.

Mabuyakhulu was the ANC's provincial treasurer and Nkonyeni health MEC when the deal was concluded. Mabuyakhulu is now a member of the ANC provincial executive and Nkonyeni the ANC's provincial treasurer.

Senior African National Congress leaders who accompanied the two included provincial deputy chairperson Willies Mchunu, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala, ANC provincial deputy secretary Nomusa Dube and several provincial executive committee members.

  • THE.SRG - 2011-08-01 11:33

    Guess who pays the bail.

      Bluemas - 2011-08-01 11:37

      Helen godZille paid it

      Zama Hlengwa - 2011-08-01 11:39

      ja neh.....really bad!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-01 11:49

      Yes bluemas...she would pay for a corrupt anc member,not very bright are you tit.It will most definitely be paid out of our taxes from corrupt money

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-01 11:51

      meanwhile they will carry on getting paid without working witch also comes out of our taxes

      willieman - 2011-08-01 12:11

      Where are we heading with this current administration?What is disturbing everyone in ANC tolerate this nonsense.Men and women spent most of their lives fighting ,corruption ,injustices,discrimination but today they are the ones today who repeat the same thing .This men and women are COWARDS

      Vlermuisman - 2011-08-01 12:17

      Noooo easily paid out of their back pocket

      Vlermuisman - 2011-08-01 12:17

      or some "trust" fund

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-01 12:55

      @Vlermuisman....and where do you think that money comes from...the tax payers that's where

      DW - 2011-08-01 14:42

      Never mind that. Guess who will continue to be paid their salaries while they wait for a trial date, then an appeal date and a high court date, then a constitutional court date etc etc etc

  • Paul - 2011-08-01 11:34

    If my buddies were charged with these kind of serious crimes I would certainly not accompany them to court as a show of support. Makes me wonder how committed the leaders are to rooting out corruption.

      tim - 2011-08-01 11:43

      absolutely !

      Illuminated - 2011-08-01 11:55

      thats cause you have ethics,, the ANC does not

      Eric West - 2011-08-01 12:15

      What a disgusting bunch of people!! - 2011-08-01 13:33

      they accompany them cos they're all in it together!

  • Enigma - 2011-08-01 11:34

    Bloody crooks, they deserve long sentences.

      keithb - 2011-08-01 12:50

      Agreed, but don't hold your breath!

  • Dayat Atime - 2011-08-01 11:35

    And until next year January they do what? Continue their duties in the government?

      tim - 2011-08-01 11:42

      even if thy are suspended it will be on full pay !!

  • BraBob - 2011-08-01 11:37

    I hope that sometime in the future, government crooks will get proper punishment. Maybe attach their assets to cover the R1M "donation". Spend that recovered R1M on road repairs or sewage works repairs. Double that fine for the offending contractor.

  • GT - 2011-08-01 11:38

    WILL THEY KEEP THEIR POSITIONS IN THE PROVINCE??? When will we see corrupt people BOOTED from positions of political power?

      Grant - 2011-08-01 11:47

      Only when we start voting for people that care about the country and not their back pocket. The gravy train, she is broken.

  • edd - 2011-08-01 11:39

    If it was me, a white imperialist, bail would've been denied......

  • Shadoz - 2011-08-01 11:41

    scum of the earth. One can just hope that these pigs become a victim of South African Justice oh wait they free to go with full pay and benifits. Lets mob justice them.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-01 13:57

      Ony when JZ is recalled and stand trial

  • mickh - 2011-08-01 11:55

    They have to appear in court again on 20th January next year!!!!! Justice is pathetically slow in South Africa. So they continue in their high paid jobs when they should be in jail.

  • Mlu - 2011-08-01 12:00

    If corruption in KZN was rife in 2007 already, imagine how it is like today and throughout the country. I am sure if one digs deep more dirt will be uncovered and more prominent figures could be caught with fingers in the cookie jar.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-01 14:00

      its simple Mlu, who was the MEC for economic affairs in KZN some time back, did yuo know the current SA president, so may be lets start there and good luck

  • struth - 2011-08-01 12:10

    This is the same Peggy Nkonyeni who received kickbacks for the purchase of the ultra sound machine at an inflated price of R1.5m. I remember the case well, as I was living in KZN at the time. But what was the outcome of the case? I never got to find out, next thing I hear she was Legislative Speaker for the House in KZN. My, my, doesn't crime pay if you are a bigwig in the ANC.

      Eric West - 2011-08-01 12:14

      If you are black and connected, and you get caught out for bribery and corruption, you get promoted. It's the ANC's way of doing things! Their crime is not corruption, but the fact that they allowed themselves to get caught!

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-01 12:14

    Another case of " this will look good on my ANC C V " !!

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-08-01 12:34

    Recuperate the money and put it back in the Looting Kitty, so that it is ready to get looted again. ................................. Way to Go, Joe !.................... Very Scary, Mary!

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  • eidel - 2011-08-01 12:43

    Oh and I am living on a staving wage....I need to fund my lavish lifestyle from somewhere. Do you have a problem with that....It got nothing to do with anybody where my money is coming from. I am going to use the money to build churches and buy school uniforms for the underprivileged. I am not excuse meā€¦using it for myself. Sorry did I mention a lavish lifestyle, it was a mistake not me that said that. Only certain individuals are investigated. What about all those white imperialist out there. Does it sound familiar?

  • LetsGetReal - 2011-08-01 12:57

    When pigs feed at the trough, other pigs will ALWAYS join them. They simply can't resist...

  • AndV - 2011-08-01 12:58

    Clown Similane will hush it up purposely so they can get off. Too many comrades involved in this scam. He already tried by delaying the arrests. Whatch this space. He helped JZ, that is why he was planted where he is. Why else would you want to fire your best performing crime bust unit leader Willie?

  • bill - 2011-08-01 13:20

    corrupt trash

  • sikhumbuzo.qwabe - 2011-08-01 13:27

    The case is a very confusing issue given the fact that when it first suraced it was said the money never reached the ANC. Also one would like to know as to what happened to the R 50 000 said to be part of the donation. How did Gastuv Savoi get to know that the money was not deposited into the ANC account? according to reports two years ago it was said that the matter emerged because Savoi felt cheated. With no offence can the media assist with clarity since all this kind of information emerged from their sources.

  • jakkals - 2011-08-01 16:41

    they will probably ask for their salaries in the meantime...

  • Delta Roger - 2011-08-01 18:35

    An indirect way of getting the taxpayer to contribute to the ANC coffers. Nothing will happen, the government is rotten to the core, from top to bottom. Voters need to wake up.

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