DA seeks answers in Intaka case

2012-10-02 09:02

Durban - The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal says it wants to know why ANC politicians Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni are officially off the hook on corruption charges relating to the so-called “Amigos” trial.

State advocate Ncedile Dunywa formally withdrew the charges in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Monday against Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Economic Development, Nkonyeni, the KZN Legislature speaker, five of their co-accused and three companies.

The charges arose from allegedly corrupt tenders awarded to Intaka for the purchase and hire of water purification plants and oxygen self-generating equipment supplied to government hospitals between 2004 and 2007.

NPA records of decision

DA leader in the KZN legislature, Sizwe Mchunu, said the DA is committed to finding out why the charges were withdrawn.

“We believe that every citizen of this province deserves an answer to that question too,” he said.

Mchunu said the DA was trying to obtain the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) records of its decision in the cases of Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu.

“We are not deterred, despite our initial request for these documents being turned down, and have submitted a formal public access to information application.

“The NPA has acknowledged receiving the application and has 30 working days to respond,” he said.

The others against whom the State dropped charges are former health department head Yolisa Mbele, Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, a businessman and friend of Nkonyeni, and lawyers Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi and Ian Blose.

But Thusi remains in the dock as a representative of an accused company, Kuboni & Shezi Attorneys.

Charges against Rowmoor Investments, Skyros Medical Suppliers and Blue Serenity Investments were also withdrawn.

Dunywa said the accused had been notified in writing that the State intended to withdraw the charges. He did not give any reasons in court.

Political fallout

The intention to withdraw the charges was made public on August 18, and came hot on the heels of speculation of a political fallout between the former acting KZN Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Simphiwe Mlotshwa, and his NPA bosses over his alleged refusal to withdraw the charges against Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni.

At the time, KZN DPP spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said the charges were dropped by the new acting DPP, Moipone Noko, because she felt there was no prospect of a successful prosecution.

Judge Ron McLaren said on Monday a new trial date of July 29, 2013, had been agreed for the trial to continue against the remaining nine accused and two companies.

An application to bring a constitutional challenge about the validity of racketeering charges against wealthy Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi and his company, Intaka Holdings, has been set down for hearing by McLaren in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on December 11 and 12. If it succeeds, the issue will be referred to the Constitutional Court for a ruling.

A further application by Savoi concerning the fairness of the trial may also be brought if ongoing negotiations between the state and defence fall through.

These were among the reasons for deciding to move the trial date from March to the end of July next year. McLaren said this would also allow time for any appeals to be dealt with before the trial got under way.

Nkonyeni’s spokesperson, Wonder Hlongwa, said she would not comment on the withdrawal of charges, while Mabuyakhulu’s spokesperson could not be reached.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-02 09:14

    Like why am i not surprised? Zuma's legacy, he must just go already

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-10-02 09:39

      The ANC must go!

      yanga.pika - 2012-10-02 11:50

      ANC is not going anywhere, we here to vote them in till the second coming of Jesus christ....shame on u minority.

      Selven Pillay - 2013-05-08 11:25

      Yanga we will see about that the cANcer is loosing power slowly .The people are starting to see who the real leaders of the county are ,definely not peopol like you

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-02 09:18

    If one is Politically connected anything can happen. Wrong is right in the eyes of the ANC. How long can we as tax payers hold out.

  • Badger - 2012-10-02 09:19

    Yes Please, The rest of us would also like to know. Thanks,

  • Slagen Magidi - 2012-10-02 09:21

    They off the hook cos they belong to ANC corruption will never come to an end in this country. They are not the only ones who are corrupted, there's others and those others are the ones who are protecting them.

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-02 09:43

    We'd ALL like to know the "official" reason.

  • don.frost.581 - 2012-10-02 09:44

    Have got a disease! Can't go to jail!

  • gideon.leroux.9 - 2012-10-02 09:45

    I don't like this anymore, who do you vote for? The ANC keeps putting out fires and every other article your read in the news is about the DA blaming the ANC for soe stupid thing they did - "SA's progress has stalled under ANC - DA" You want to win a election? Start telling me what you are doing for me and my country! I used to like the DA but this has got to stop. There is still nothing good to say about the ANC face the facts. The past is the past let it be no one cares. What about the future? All Parties Fail here.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-02 09:58

      "Start telling me what you are doing for me and my country!" they are trying to keep the cANCer in check by exposing their rampant corruption and complete incompetance. Where the DA are in power and are able to "DO" something they are. what free stuff would you like to be given to do the right thing. "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" JFK.

      nataliepv - 2012-10-03 00:34

      @Gmale are you deaf dumb and blind!wake up idiot!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-02 09:54

    These amigos were let off the hook because they promised to drum up support for Zuma. It is a political thing. The reason why everything is so corrupt and everythig has fallen down, no accountability is for this very reason all amigos in crime. When Goverment hands out a tender, those who are responsible for this have already indicated that no tender will be given without a reward. In turn many tenders get inflated to incorporate this reward. When in fact, these very people dont need to be rewarded, they are already rewarded at the end of every month. They should become waiters and waitresses who expect a reward for serving you a meal. This has happened because amigos work hand in hand and I say this BEEE AA EE is to blame for this. Start employing professional people of all races to work side by side this will minimize the corruption and will in turn teach amigos to be accountable, have integrity and start by doing a rewarding job. This is how they will learn to work and though work feel rewarded and NOT demand to be rewarded. Its time for change, just look around everything has fallen down and why, amigos taking too much of the slice of cake and leave nothing for the rest of the citizens. Its time they learned, the cake is not for the taking it is for the giving. Working side by side with people who have done the job before will minimise self enrichment and can only help the country stabilize and provide on the job education.

      neo.phutheho - 2012-10-02 11:00

      There we go again, with the racist views being posted. if you had complained during apartheid, that you would like to share the wealth of this country with your fellow black copnpatriots, then i'd understand. but you didnt, you know why? because you had a sense of entitlement, you still have a sense of cant get over the fact that the native people of this country deserve as much compensation for their efforts as much as you "superior people" do. beeeeee, is a necessary vehicle for that. now you want to work side by side with us, back then, you wanted nothing to do with us. The leadership of the A.N.C sucks, i agree. they suck because they only seem to be protecting the rights of the real "elite"(whites)not the little sprinkles of black millionaires who loot government talking about whites who have been raping the resources of this country for the past 400yrs. the D.A on the other hand, suck more, because their mission is so clear, and thats just to put the white man in power again. they use their black "apes" to do the chanting for them during their rallies, while they sit in their posh patios, watching from afar. this country still has a long way to go, and theres potential candidate for its leadership. we're all just riding the tsunami, in hope of landing to shore.corruption is bad , i agree, but its bad on both sides of the fence. and until all races start RESPECTING each other... there will always BE a FENCE. ADIOS AMIGO.

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-02 11:13

      @ neo did you take the wrong colour pill? "The DA, mission is clear" WTF did you get told that at your youth league audio comic book club. you don't have to respect all races just individual people whom deserve it, and with your p!ss poor statement no respect is required for you. you really are a dois amigo

      neo.phutheho - 2012-10-02 12:26

      joe farmer. im not surprised by your response. did i ever say i was in the anc, or the youth league for that matter. typical of you to stereotype us all in the same box. you were probably raised that way, so i dont blame you. you are as much a victim as all the poor black people of this country who bare the brunt of corruption. with love from me to you BAAS.totsiens

      nataliepv - 2012-10-03 00:31

      @Neo you are most likely an insecure little boy of plus mines 19 or 20 years of age!well guess what you know nothing about apartheid my friend you where not there!so can it!seems like you have the mentality of julias malema!do not speak of things you know nothing about!argument over black people like just like to see how far you can push white people so you can through the racist krap around!please grow up and open your eyes or either just shut your mouth!

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-02 10:00

    Anc is corrupt. Period.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-02 10:07

    Because they are politically connected.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-02 10:41

    Lol ugly overweight uneducated useless trash

  • mnxulu - 2012-10-02 10:43

    Its a shame that our leading party has had atleast 2 of its officials suspected of corruption each year. And to add more shame 2 this, our people(blacks) will again hold on to the past when voting in 2014...let's hope the "Born-frees" will see the need for change.

      neo.phutheho - 2012-10-02 13:34

      jys dom

      nataliepv - 2012-10-03 00:18

      Good for you South africa needs more people like you well done!unlike this Neo idiot!

      neo.phutheho - 2012-10-03 18:01

      natalie loves an obedient ape. keep following your master mnxulu. good boy, he deserves banana natalie. just throw it in his cage, you dont have to touch him.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-02 10:49

    Simple answer - because corruption is part of the ANCorruption's culture, and therefore in their eyes someone who is feeding from the trough is doing no wrong. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - what these pigs stand for.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-02 12:04

    It seems that those black people who hold a grudge against the white people, I truly feel sorry for them. One day when they get over their grudge they might just see a better world. What is past is past nothing can ever bring back the past, if you want to live in that world them you need healing. We are all free, the white people who fought for true democracy are the loyal ones that are still in this country, others ran away. It seems, that being loyal to ones country and people does not go down very well in some peoples books. When you do an injustice and you apologise, you expect to be forgiven so you can carry on. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves, put the past behind you and start working together so that we can build a decent life for ourselves and our children. Why must we except that it is ok to be corrupt and that self enrichment is ok and to let the education fail so low and say nothing. Everything falling down because of pilfering and maladministration is to blame. So you think that is ok too. When are we going to stand up together as a nation and say THE BUCK STOPS HERE. Dont blame whites for all being rich, we need to check again, those rich whites ran away a long time ago. Check your black elite now, sushi parties, weddings costing millions etc, wake up man, its not about colour, it is about cause, YOur struggle has been won 18 years ago, those who fought most of them are dead now, those that are still around have only POWER AND GREED in mind

      neo.phutheho - 2012-10-02 12:45

      the struggle continues my friend. you guys still hold more than 71% of the country's wealth and theres only 14% of you. thats not fair. and let me correct you my friend i dont feel sorry for myself i just choose not to forget about my people past struggles,just like i dont expect you to forget yours. ask the jews to forget about the holocaust and you will get a schmack across the face. we might be sub-human as far as you think,but we deserve the same respect. im not defeding corruption, because in case you forgot, the main culprit in this case is a white foreigner from south america. so please spare me the violins. you're racist and its not to late to change. ps.....i believe in the anc, but not its leadership. go and visit soweto or any other township, and then come back and tell me we are all equal and free.

      bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-02 14:24

      Neo You cannot move forward by looking back its that simple soweto and many other township sprung up out of nothing exist because people migrate from smaller towns to the city centres they stay there because they choose too no one made them stay there the current government encourages them to do so to raise voter numbers in larger cities for power and controll if you want to blame blame those that deserve it No one invites people to stay in shack away from thier families they do that because they want too and I state again that you are a racist your people are in power now the fact that they are messing up and killing the country cannot be blamed on the white man and apartheid one example in 2010 there was a little ANCYL party that was a total flop but the flop still cost tax payers R102 000 000 For a party so who is to blame for that you are blinded by your racism and the fact that you feel sooo sorry for your self and your nation but look at what they are doing? Killing murder rape xenophobia a good example of a pretty name for racism.

  • edward.radingoana.1 - 2012-10-02 13:23

    As the top opposition party I thought DA should be knowing already that NPA takes instructions from ANC, so only those not wanted in the ANC suffer successful political prosecution. If the Director of Public Prosecution is not taking instructions, he will have to loose his job and suffer professional blacklisting. This is the same results which would come out of Marikana Commission where AMCU might be a target to be blamed as NUM is linked to Alliance. Police would be cleared if Mthethwa is in good books because placing the blame on police might open ways for Civil Claim. Poor retired judge assured us that the Commission would be independent but I am afraid his report would be edited before being released.

  • nataliepv - 2012-10-03 00:41

    They steal from their own resources and borrow billions and billions from overseas!how much more can we take how much longer till South Africa finally fall in total chaos???get someone that knows how to run a country!!dark times ate lying ahead for everyone!!

  • nataliepv - 2012-10-03 00:41

    They steal from their own resources and borrow billions and billions from overseas!how much more can we take how much longer till South Africa finally fall in total chaos???get someone that knows how to run a country!!dark times are lying ahead for everyone!!

      neo.phutheho - 2012-10-03 14:24

      natalie my fellow white cousin. first of all, if you would like to know to about me personally just ask, dont just jump from whatever balcony u came from. i saw apartheid first hand, i smelt and chocked off teargas, i have been shot at on more than three accasions ,i've been arrested for rallying for the freedom of icons like Mandela and other beacons of the revolution, i was and always will be an activist. i lost family members from bullets of the security police. im no small boy. and im no malema. remain with your views and leave me with mine. madamme Natalie Silverspoon.

      Tiekie Black - 2014-03-21 08:56

      well said leo! Im white , I dont like zuma part of the anc or malema but this dont make a racist! im sorry what you had to go though and for all your losses! i like your attitude and the way you present yourself! keep it up

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