KZN slams speculation over arrests

2011-07-21 20:11

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal cabinet expressed concern on Thursday over "media speculation" on the pending arrest of two senior ANC leaders in the province.

"[The cabinet] regards it as highly irregular and mischievous that persons are named in the media by the prosecuting authorities before they appear in court as is the usual practice," the KZN cabinet said in a statement.

"This constitutes an invasion of the individual’s Constitutional rights of dignity and the right to a fair trial."

Fraud and corruption charges

The KZN cabinet was referring to comments by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in media reports on the pending arrests of KwaZulu-Natal economic development and tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni.

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

It is alleged that normal tender processes were bypassed to award a tender to Savoi's company Intaka to supply water purification plants to hospitals and clinics in KwaZulu-Natal.

The KZN cabinet said it regarded the "media speculation" as very serious and described it as an "orchestrated manoeuvre that seeks to undermine the work of this government and create an impression that we can no longer work together".

"That is not true. We stand behind Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni and work on the principle of colleagues being innocent until proven otherwise. We will respect all legitimate legal processes in this matter.”

  • Robin - 2011-07-21 21:19

    I agree. Lets stop this speculation and make the arrests. No more speculation + two more corrupt politicians in jail = win win situation.

      subtle59 - 2011-07-22 07:51

      I love living here..... i am now a corrupt white guy with a degree.

  • Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:21

    Mabuyakhulu runs the eThekweni Municipality.... Every single Tender HAS TO pass by him... and ONLY HIM!!!!!! Am talking about any tender over the value of R500k+.... will be given to a company where HE has his fingers in the Pie!!!! lets hope he gets taken to the cleaners... but then again he is a "CLOSE FRIEND" of the MOST CORRUPT PERSON IN THE LAND..... JACOB ZUMA!!!!!

      Creeky - 2011-07-21 21:46

      My comany has done Millions worth of work for the eThekweni Council, prior to the SWC.... and had to hand them over the otherday.... still loads outstanding, all to do with this DO OOS!

      subtle59 - 2011-07-22 07:54

      I work for eThekwini Municipality, or shall I rather say that I am the only person actually working. Wait a minute..... this cANCer has hit me too.... I dont work either... but i take my salary religiously.

      subtle59 - 2011-07-22 07:56

      Another thing..... where can I send pics of people at the eThekwini Municipality? I have pictures of them sleeping at their desks, walking barefoot on the carpets, sucking their snot(Video), picking their brain's , i mean noses.

  • JMsays - 2011-07-21 21:25

    Its always somebody else isn't it, the media, the public protector or the usual scape-goat, the imperialists, while the thieving bastards are sitting high and dry in gov earning nice salaries while either having a corruption case against them or even being found guilty of a serious crime and still collecting TAX money, that's our (the people's) F*cking money, not yours! I wonder how long before the PEOPLE come after you lot, then you'll have to run and hide! Mark my words! The wheel will turn and end up either going over your ass or just for kicks stop right on-top of you. Please don't then ask "why me?"

  • Wayne - 2011-07-23 17:29

    Isn't being arrested for fraud and corruption considered a promotion in ANC terminology? The offenders will pop up in another position in a few weeks.

  • sonet.vd.westhuizen - 2011-07-31 17:11

    I bet it is going to be the same as in the a case of Sheryl Cwele wife of SA State Security minister!!..She was convicted of "DRUG TRAFFICKING"! got 12 years imprisonment and is being paid her monthly SALARY??? This is OUR HARD earned money (TAXES) being wasted!!.. I would love to go visit her in JAIL (but I doubt I will find her there!) Why should we the public (TAXPAYERS, (Old people) lose our homes because of the ridiculously hight rates which we hardly can afford these days to accommodate salaries of CRIMINALS being paid?? WHEN is all this going to STOP?? People "OUR" nation is suffering!!!

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