Arrest warrants issued for KZN MEC, speaker

2011-07-11 15:30

Johannesburg - Arrest warrants have been issued for KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development and Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Monday.

"I can confirm that the comments by the KwaZulu-Natal Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Independent on Sunday about warrants of arrest... is correct," said Mthunzi Mhaga.

"I have spoken to the acting DPP advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa and he confirms that he has signed the warrants for arrest... which relate to the Intaka project," he said.

"As far as I know no arrests have been made yet."

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Mhaga was referring to a report in the Independent on Sunday which claims that police are poised to arrest Mabuyakhulu Nkonyeni.

The two 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.

Normal tender processes were allegedly bypassed so that Savoi's Intaka company was given a tender to supply water purification plants to hospitals and clinics in KZN.

Mlotshwa said: "At this stage, investigations reveal they should face two charges, of fraud and corruption. These charges have an umbilical connection to the matter involving Savoi. But the investigation is ongoing and if it is found that more serious charges could be brought against them, we will do that".

Act decisively

Provincial DA Legislature leader, John Steenhuisen, has called on KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize to "act decisively to save a cabinet in crisis".

He said Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni should be suspended immediately upon their arrests.

He confirmed that the DA had been lobbying for Nkonyeni's removal, first as health MEC and later as provincial Speaker, since the Intaka matter first came to light.

He said the imminent arrests sent out a strong message that no one was immune to prosecution.

"There is this perception that if you have the money or connections, you can get away with almost anything.

"Such high-profile arrests will deal with the belief that prominent people can escape justice".

ANC KZN Provincial Secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party would not comment on "rumours" about the warrants of arrest "as they have not been reported formally".

"We also want to put it on record that we have full [confidence in] Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu as leaders of the ANC, we therefore don't want to be distracted by [this hearsay].

  • Ian - 2011-07-11 15:38

    so get on with it, lets see the anc arrest there own cadres, im waiting

      Eric West - 2011-07-11 15:54

      That Peggy was caught with her hand in the cookie jar, when she was an MEC, so they promoted her to Speaker - in true ANC style!

      saabnut - 2011-07-11 16:20

      Lets see if they can swim through the gravy to rescue the fall guy...

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:29

      Poloyatonki: I just knew you would post some idiotic comment.

      Wow! - 2011-07-11 16:33

      @Poloyatonki - who did they steal the land from OR are you talking about the bantu tribes stealing from the Khoisan and Bushmen? Ah!!! I get you. IDIOT

      Grunk - 2011-07-11 16:34

      @poloyatonki - If your own people didn't rape you lot for a R50 or so Billion every year in corruption, the country you might even be able to afford to buy you some land of your own instead of having to steal it back. You don't see a drop of the loot in any event.

      Jungle - 2011-07-11 16:40

      @Poloyatonki. Irrespective of whether the whites stole your land or not and put apartheid to one side, does it not irritate you that the people that you respect and trust so much and put into power are accused of corruption for their own benefit at the expense of people like you?

      PSquare - 2011-07-11 16:41

      Poloyatanki - You have no idea what you are talking about. This Savoi guy is an Uruguayan thug that is plundering our state coffers in collusion with locals. Many of them involved in this scandal were arrested last year already. Remove your blinkers for once and maybe you'll see that these people steal from the very poor who are stupid enough to vote for them.

      E.Nuff - 2011-07-11 17:39

      Land was not stolen - that which was not transferred by treaty was fought for - to the death. Your tribes lost the battle, lost the land, literally, you have lost the plot.

      Goose - 2011-07-11 18:10

      @Poloyatonki, The people who apparently stole land 300 years ago died hundreds of years ago, and are no longer around to be arrested. Fortunately, the entire world has moved on and left these historical events in the past where they now have absolutely no relationship to the events of the world we live in today. How ever, corrupt government officials who steel the tax money of 'all' the citizens of our country, are having a seriously negative impact on the survival of our country. Does this not bother you at all? What do you think we can do, 'all of us together', to ensure that we have a government that is run by competent and honest people who have the best interests of the countries citizens, economy and global competitiveness in mind, as apposed to how much money that can make/steel for them selves? And this is an honest and genuine question, not a sarcastic question. Your comments often seem to simply overlook the corruption and failure of Africa as a whole. So I'm seriously and genuinely interested to know what you think we can do here and now in the 21st century to ensure that we have a strong, successful and globally competitive economy? - 2011-07-12 13:54

      @poloyass, note, this is not the first time this pr!ck does a controvertial post then delete follows ..dont reply to it (him).

      Stephanus - 2011-07-12 14:11

      I am not aware of the Intaka project, but my question is this: if in this case arrests are being made, what about the series of other fraudulent acts of the other cabinet ministers etc? Is this just an act to reassure the public? Where is the consistency?

  • Neil - 2011-07-11 15:38

    The two 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. Now please tell me again the ANC is not corrupt.

      mike - 2011-07-11 16:06

      these 2 people look like my cleaners in my house. They cannot even speak English let alone work in local government. They are so bloody stupid that Gaston Savoi conned them so nicely and is now R45MILL richer - eish now I am big trouble - Zuma help me please even better Shabir Shaik where are you I need help - the stupid fu?ks

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-11 16:18

      @Mike.I take exception to your English comment. Does not speaking English properly make one stupid? Sepp blatter cannot speak English properly either. Is he stupid then? What about all the chinese workers who are in our country and cannot speak English. Are they also stupid

      Jubby - 2011-07-11 16:38

      @Ke maketse - Yes to all questions. The universal language is English. proper education will lead you to this fact. Many races are to racist to learn English, the same as the black schools in Apartheid years. They would rather burn and be barbaric, rather than educating yourself and beat them at their own game...

      PSquare - 2011-07-11 16:43

      Mike - I bet you can't speak Zulu or Xhosa either which makes you double stupid

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:46

      jubby,you lost the plot

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-11 20:35

      @Mike you must make a crap boss, with such an attitude. I hope your own boss treats you like crap daily

      DJI - 2011-07-11 20:38

      @PSquare-what a idiotic comment, please phone into Europe or countries into Africa and speak Zulu to them. As what Mike said, English is an universal language.

      Michael - 2011-07-12 07:58

      @Jubby and Mike, I cannot believe we still have morons like you in this day and age. So many high profile people, including scietists and politicians, in the schengen area cannot speak English. Also Asian and South American blocks. Do you define these people as stupid? I think that you are also stupid because you can't speak my language!

  • Neil - 2011-07-11 15:41

    Provincial DA Legislature leader, John Steenhuisen, has called on KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize to "act decisively to save a cabinet in crisis". By the likes of things, THE miesies is sorting you out nicely.. Now what Kolobe and BLUEMAS? I'd like to hear your comment on this..

      DW - 2011-07-11 16:01

      Funny how silent they and Poloyatonki are right now.

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:05

      Yes, but they never make sense with what they have to say. It's just fun taking them to the cleaners and back.

  • KnysnaSha - 2011-07-11 15:42

    It is time the ANC stood up to corruption within the government and showed a bit of integrity instead of being lenient to those in the ANC that rob the people of SA by stealing. Give us a reason to have faith in you ANC instead of being a laughing stock.

  • Airborne68 - 2011-07-11 15:42

    Old news, read it yesterday morning already. Old, but good. Let's hope something comes out of it this time. We are too used to seeing governmental criminals getting away with their crimes. We want change, NOW!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-07-11 15:42

    African National Corruption!!!! VIVAAAAA!!!!!

      Jubby - 2011-07-11 16:40

      @Poloyatonki - Yes we have, they are called squatters !!!! The blacks ALL OVER RSA !! (in squatter camps)

      Kenno - 2011-07-11 16:54

      @Poly.....So how is your boyfriend Malema? All you ever talk about is the land thing...Move on halfwit

  • Thor - 2011-07-11 15:45

    I can't believe... Would never have suspected someone repressenting the anc would be involved in corruption. They are lying.. these rented dogs of a political conspirisy... these bloody agents.

      FRpower - 2011-07-11 15:53


  • Nintendo - 2011-07-11 15:46

    Why should they be arrested when the R1m was donated to the ANC did they maybe not pass it on? so who's investigating here the law or the ANC? or maybe ANC is now the law as our esteemed first citizen eludes....

  • DeonL - 2011-07-11 15:47

    Maybe in 2 years time will they be sacked.

      DW - 2011-07-11 16:00

      Or "redeployed"...

      Poloyatonki - 2011-07-11 16:25

      DW.. People deserve second chance, thats what we believe in the ANC.

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:34

      Poloyatonki: Really, is that why the ANC is still corrupt? 2nd chance after accepting a bribe of R1million. To hell with 2nd chances.

      Kenno - 2011-07-11 16:54

      My money is on promotion!

      Vicker - 2011-07-12 14:07

      @Poloyamonki: And considering most ANCadres can only count to two, that means there is an endless supply of "second chances"... You will still drown in your sea of apathy, blindly accepting the way your "leaders" are stealing from you.

  • GetitRight - 2011-07-11 15:51

    Alot more to this than meets the eye....ANC Party Machine would have been in full swing to save their necks ages ago. Just like with the Arms deal. Methinks...2012 ANC elections is now in full swing. Let the GAMES begin!

  • Charlton10 - 2011-07-11 15:54

    Well are we going to see less Mercs and BMW's on the road?

      Nintendo - 2011-07-11 16:02

      bmw is a nice car i drive one i love it, dont hate

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:37

      if you cant afford one charlton,shame i own one and im not corrupt

      Kenno - 2011-07-11 16:55

      Wher do you live? It is probably mine that was hijacked

  • grace.bruwer - 2011-07-11 15:54

    What makes me think that this will be swept under the carpet again, they always protect their own. Self empowerment and self gain, that is what it is about most of the people in our government that is suppose to serve US, the tax payers.

  • Craig - 2011-07-11 15:55

    being arrested does not mean being convicted... check out the drug dealing wife and she is still in office and being is not what you know... but WHO you know.. anyone with a link to JZ can and does get away with millions...and the "hawks" do sweet bugger all.... it is such a joke... buy the equipment and let it rust as nobody knows how to use it...HA HA !!!!

  • Wise1 - 2011-07-11 15:59

    Imagine if the Secrecy Bill bill was in place.....these cadres will be laughing all the way to the bank!

  • jowza - 2011-07-11 16:00

    well done npa

  • Slapper - 2011-07-11 16:02

    And Cele says we must not allow Crooks to Rule us? The only reason I can see for n arrest warrant is they must have fallen out with the Chief Crooks.

  • johan.d.plessis - 2011-07-11 16:06

    To all countries in the world. Please prosecute any of your people who is found guilty of bribing any SA Politician. They are like children who can't help themselves. They have the integrity of a 2 year old who does not know right from wrong. If you give them a knife they will play with it every time and they will hurt themselves every time. Come on, this is truly too easy, it is the same as feeding animals at the zoo. You know you should not do this, you know they will perform every time you rustle the bag and yet you continue to do this for you own entertainment whilst killing a country. Since they can't help themselves, please will you help them by treating them like little naughty children until they grow-up... if possible, could you please start by teaching them that they should play nice with other children and share with everybody and if they eat all the cake their tummy will ache.

  • Kevin King - 2011-07-11 16:09

    I hope these two play golf cause after they receive their stiff sentences their handicaps are sure to improve! And I can almost bet my house that a handful or regular commentors will remain hush on this story.

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:43

      @Jowza: Yes, I too feel sorry for her. What fair chance does she have in SA with your political party running it to the ground? What will be left for her? She is 4, knows nothing about Apartheid, yet she will have to pay because she is white thanks to AA and BEE?

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:49

      @Jowza: Before you speak of my child, let me tell you what she has been through: 1.) Hijacking, smash and grab while she was on my mothers lap, they ripped my daughters necklace of her neck. She is fearful of black people because of these incidents. Is that not sad, so next time you just assume you feel sorry for her of my mindset, think further then your your nose is long. Stupid sob

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:50

      neil.she will learn plenty from your racist isaid you will do her more harm then those idiotic politicians

      Kevin King - 2011-07-11 16:51

      @ Jowza: Please explain, I don't have a clue what you're on about!

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:55

      @Jowza: BTW, I am not racist, but I will not stand down for black people, running me as a white person down. Just because I don't agree with them does not make me a racist and to be honest I am getting rather sick of the same lot always attacking white people on this site, so I just returned the favor and yes, I apologize that I did paint them with the same brush, but lets face it, why is 90% of ANC politicians always in the news with some shady deal?

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:56

      im talking to niel

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:57

      @Jowza: The harm I am inflicting? What about the harm Malema is inflicting on the Masses?

  • onetickie - 2011-07-11 16:23

    virtually everyone in government, be it national or local government are corrupt. SA has become a lost cause thanks to the ANC CORRUPT leadership. They have after all set a perfect example of how to live and practice a corrupt life/style.

  • Nic - 2011-07-11 16:27

    R1 million in exchange of R45 million? You must be damn stupid to trade like that!

  • Thomas - 2011-07-11 16:30

    ...and yet another circus..

  • NATO OFFICE - 2011-07-11 16:32

    Actually these 2 were robbed, they were supposed to get 10% which is R4.5m!!

  • Flasheart - 2011-07-11 16:32

    Obviously he wasn't a close enough friend of Zuma.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-07-11 16:41

      Zuma is committed to fight corruption, it doesnt matter if you are his friend or NOT.

  • Lebzaton - 2011-07-11 16:36

    DA likes to get all excited hey, these people are innocent until proven and found guilty by a court. why should they be fired before then, and we all know that is not going to happen.

  • Ubhejane - 2011-07-11 16:42

    The comments from some of you (yes I mean white so called South Africans) are tired and over-used, you lot must go to Sydney or London and be hotel cleaners since you cant stand the rulling party voted by the majority, not every ANC member is corrupt just like not every apartheid NP government official was....

      Neil - 2011-07-11 16:45

      @Ubhejane: Like you said, not every ANC official is corrupt. My question is, why does the non-corrupt ones doe something abpout it, instead they turn a blind eye?

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:51

      how do you know that neil

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-11 20:54

      @Neil that's a dumb statement. You are reading about corrupt people being investigated and arrested by a govt agency, yet that comment makes sense to you.

  • Dan - 2011-07-11 16:43

    ViVa Corrupt ANC ViVa!!!! Will always remain a thug movement.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-07-11 16:50

      And you will always remain a settler.

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:51

      you really look good in that pic

      Kevin King - 2011-07-11 16:54

      @ Polio: Now that you have read this story, please explain your view on the story only? Please don't run away again.

      jowza - 2011-07-11 16:58

      kevin,i dont see you telling the people with white sounding names to do that also

      Kevin King - 2011-07-11 17:02

      @ Jowsa: It seems that Polio has another racist friend who always see things in black and white. Go read the story above and please tell me how any part of this story relates to whites, settler or land??? I dare you! Then go read all the white people's comments and see that they refer to corruption and the ANC which OMW is what the story is about. Does your brain comprehend this?

  • Ubhejane - 2011-07-11 16:56

    @Neil, you are clearly an angry white man (sorry to bring race into this but thats how you lot debate issues around here), your anger is compromising your ability to even see the obvious,the very ANC that is in government is the one that is at the fore front of exposing corruption unlike your fore fathers who chowed up R200 Billion between 1976 and 1994 and protected each other like there was no tomorrow, just google "apartheid corruption of a grand scale" and you will see what I mean. So all you whities stop pretending as if other governments around the world are squeeky clean, we have our weaknesses and just in any case there are bad apples its time you accept that the ANC rules this country on behalf of the majority and if you have a problem with that, take the first flight from OR Tambo (nee Jan Smuts) and go to London I repeat....

      Neil - 2011-07-11 17:04

      @Ubhejane: I was 10 in 1994. We have to pay for the mistakes of our forefathers? Is that fair? Every day we need to hear the apartheid card that gets played so quickly while I had absolutely nothing to do with it. I am in Kenya, have a lot of black friends, so I am not a racist, but I don't stand for the lies and BS the ANC feeds everyone. Yes Majority voted Zuma in power. Why did he just give himself a presidential pardon from his corruption charges with shaik?

  • melchiedek - 2011-07-11 17:05

    there we go again when will it ever stop.come on anc

  • Heks - 2011-07-11 18:15

    WHAT A LAUGH!!!!!!!! My foot will Mikeey and his friend be under arrest!!!!!

  • Wilnetweet - 2011-07-11 18:53

    @ Yes please lets do that..theres WAAAY too much "informal" settlements/squatter camps out there.. good thinking. All that land could be farmed then...problem solved..

  • Delta Roger - 2011-07-11 21:09

    Good work,Directorate of Public Prosecutions.Bring the culprits to book.DPP,don't get intimidated by the ruling party,show the country you have principles and you are not afraid.Keep it up DPP.

  • yourqueen - 2011-07-12 08:48

    Peggy Nkonyeni: The Boobs thug and the whole lot including sihle zikalala

  • mdu_afrika - 2011-07-12 09:21

    am afraid to read posts in this forum, they r always race based *scaredtoscrolldown*

  • Bee - 2011-07-12 10:08

    if they are corrupt, arrest them, we're sick and tired.

  • York Hunt - 2011-07-12 14:41

    What!? More government (ANC) corruption? No! How can this be? I am sure we can expect more of the same. Tomorrow. Or next week. The corruption just keeps growing....

  • Jason - 2011-07-12 16:31

    i hate being the ray cist,godwa mina hi ray cist,and im not the known ray cist can we have more news on mhlophes doing corr up tion.or curry or brown,mix masala...not just focusing at the stars at night

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