Savoi goes to court to challenge laws

2013-03-04 12:04

Durban - Businessman Gaston Savoi has launched a pretrial challenge to the Prevention of Organised Crime Act as he believed racketeering laws were open to "personal and political manipulation", The Mercury reported on Monday.

He referred to the withdrawal of charges against his former co-accused ANC politicians Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni.

Savoi and 12 others face charges of racketeering, corruption and fraud relating to the supply of water purification and oxygen plants to the KwaZulu-Natal departments of local government and health.

Savoi's company, Intaka, allegedly paid bribes to ensure a contract to supply water purifiers and oxygen generators to hospitals, at inflated prices, went its way.

According to The Mercury, he claimed he asked provincial director of public prosecutions advocate Moipane Noko for "detailed reasons" for the withdrawal of charges against Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni, but that "these requests have been refused".

Noko had cited insufficient evidence to proceed against the politicians.

Savoi argued that the evidence in the matter was still the same and had not changed.

He had reportedly also filed an affidavit in a constitutional challenge contending that the withdrawal of charges proved his point that he was being arbitrarily targeted and that the law was susceptible to manipulation.

The matter will be heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-04 12:24

    Thats what I also say Baba, if you fall, take them all with you, do't fall alone !

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-03-04 13:37

      Interestingly he is not denying the charges

  • dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-04 12:27

    Some weirdos really are arrogant!

      norman.depluhm - 2013-03-04 13:11

      The sheer arrogance I tell you! I cannot believe he actually thinks that the ANC cronies who pilfer tenders should ever be held accountable for anything, I mean where's the honour among thieves these days? Sarcastic response aside, there must be lots of Gaston Savoi's out there, I mean this is one government department, and only provincial on top of it, and one supply contract. Surely we can assume by now that dodgy supply chain deals across the board are more the rule than the exception by now... This means, roughly, that for every pair of scumbag politicians taking kickbacks on massively inflated pricing, there is a scumbag businessman facilitating the bribes and inflating the pricing to cover it.

  • Patrick Saunders - 2013-03-04 12:29

    i guess next time you'll choose your friends more carefully. Rule #1 about dealing with the anc - trust no-one.

  • Fussed Anderson - 2013-03-04 12:34


  • denis.gomo - 2013-03-04 12:52

    Corruption is the life-blood of the cANCer.

  • brian.cotter.585 - 2013-03-04 13:09

    What audacity to believe that racketeering laws were open to "personal and political manipulation". How could you expect co-accused ANC politicians Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni to face the music like any other commoner. They are from KZN and are above the law.

  • Deon Louw - 2013-03-04 13:11

    "All people are equal, some are more equal than others" It is an animal farm. We won't improve on corruption in SA until our dear leader has had another few days in court on his old corruption charges.

      Jub Guy - 2013-03-04 21:53

      ja deon same old days like apartheid you were far more superior than anything in the world let the anc have some little fun as well

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-04 14:43

    Another corruption headlines. Apart from companies trying to bribe government officials, people from government is to be blamed as well because they are the ones who initiate the bribe and accept them. All these people should be put into jail

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