Inappropriate to drop tender charges - DA

2012-04-19 18:04

Johannesburg - An attempt to have charges of corruption against high profile KwaZulu-Natal ANC politicians dropped would be grossly inappropriate, the DA said on Thursday.

"Just like anyone else accused of a crime, they must have their day in court," Democratic Alliance leader in KwaZulu-Natal Sizwe Mchunu said in a statement.

"It is inconceivable that these two individuals remain in high office, particularly when all of the other accused have either retired, resigned or been dismissed."

According to reports on Thursday corruption charges against KwaZulu-Natal legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni and Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, who were implicated in the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to Intaka, may be dropped.

Independent sources told the Mercury newspaper that the head of National Prosecuting Authority's commercial crime unit Richard Mrwebi was reviewing the decision to prosecute.

Nkonyeni, Mabuyakhulu, former Ithala development finance corporation CEO Sipho Shabalala, and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi have been charged with racketeering and corruption.

The charges against them relate to the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to Savoi's company, Intaka, to supply water purification plants and oxygen generating units to provincial hospitals.

Mchunu said KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize had to dispel concerns that the two officials may not face trial. If the charges were dropped it would be a clear case of justice being practised selectively.

According to reports Mrwebi recently called a meeting to discuss the trial and was expected to make a decision on prosecuting Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni.

Mrwebi was recently appointed by President Jacob Zuma.

In January Judge Ron McLaren set the trial date for October 1 to December 14.

Mchunu said the DA expected Mkhize to clarify whether talks had taken place.

  • Squeegee - 2012-04-19 18:10

    Banana anyone?

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-19 18:16

      Soon there won't even be a banana left!

      Eric - 2012-04-19 18:26

      Well, Natal is the banana province, after all!

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-19 18:39

      Eric - rest assured if the ANC continues the way they do - there won't be any bananas left in Natal either

      Sean - 2012-04-19 19:00

      Keeping on voting ANC , help the ship sink faster !! FFS !!

      Andrew - 2012-04-19 19:22

      Run by Zuma's corrupt accomplaces the Zulus. Shaka must be turning in his grave for the scum we now have!!!!!

      Sheik - 2012-04-19 19:32

      Squeegee you must remember that ANC politicians are like bananas anyway, there's not a straight one amoungest them.

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-08-17 14:31

      ...Mpaw PaW

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-19 18:16

    Inappropriate of course but the norm with the African National Corruption - together we can do more: Steal, plunder, defraud, corrupt... service delivery, the people - who cares!

      Eric - 2012-04-19 18:27

      And then, also in true corrupt, incompetent ANC style, they will be promoted!!!! F*CK! I HATE THE ANC REGIME WITH A PASSION!

      Sean - 2012-04-19 18:56

      These arrogant imbeciles think they are above the law !!! How can any South African still be positive about this country ?? Please enlighten me ???

      Oscar - 2012-04-19 18:59

      Mike, in other words.....the African way of doing things.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-19 19:07

      This said it all "Mrwebi was recently appointed by President Jacob Zuma". One can only wonders how much these guys get paid to do "one dirty job" and then disappear ala Judge Heat.

  • vmavhungu753 - 2012-04-19 18:59

    Instead of coming up with the solution, they keep telling us that ANC is stealing as if they are clean.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 19:29

      @vmavhungu753 - what is the solution? Have you come up with one? These guys know every trick in the book and can pay to make nearly everything go away. A justice system can only work if there is evidence. No evidence, the case has to be dropped. So if you know of another way, please let us and the criminal justice system know.

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-19 19:30

      Easy solution which I have done in the last elections - vote the opposition.... but the majority of the country runs behind the ANC like blind sheep....

      Godfrey - 2012-04-19 19:34

      @@vmavhungu753 in a real democracy, I would have suggested the courts, but in true Africa democracy, they are above the law. So here is my African solution...Neckless them, mob justice or kangaroo court. trust this help.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-19 19:44

      I have a solution: put the entire ANC cabinet and it's cronies in jail for fraud and corruption - show me ONE that has not had a charge put to them. Thieving criminals.

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-19 19:50

      @vmavhungu blind you are just drive on a w cape then go drive in durban you will feel the how useless anc are and my solution is prove you are not completly brain dead and vote for someone else your life would be better nanies

      Kevin - 2012-04-19 21:59

      Vmavnungu753 the ANC is the Government, it is their job to prosecute the corrupt and come up with solutions that prevent corruption.

      pws69 - 2012-04-20 07:11

      @vmavhungu753 Ignorance is bliss, hey vmavhungu753? The DA DO provide solutions. The DA provide alternative budgets. The fact that the ANC generally ignore these is the problem. Yes, the DA ARE clean - PROVEN. Over the last ten years only one DA MP has been charged - Travelgate - and dismissed by the DA. Compare this to the ANC, who promoted their criminal cadres after this fiasco, and then used R30 million of TAXPAYERS money to pay off the debt, preventing the charging of other ANC criminals.

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-19 20:03

    WHEN IS THIS GOING TO STOP. it is ruining our beautiful country. !!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-19 21:58

    The bananas are rotten the fruit flies are coming.Easy come easy go.

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  • pws69 - 2012-04-20 07:04

    Standard Operating Procedure in the ANC. More ANC cadres have been promoted after corruption than charged. Once again I ask the question: What kind of moron do you have to be to vote ANC?

  • Sharon - 2012-04-20 07:04

    The ANC certainly is keeping the DA busy! They consistently give the DA reason to speak up. Pick a subject, any subject: Police, Justice, Education, Health, Security, the list goes on and on. There is nothing the ANC has touched that has not turned to schtook. Not once aspect of its governance can be regarded as a success.

      pws69 - 2012-04-20 07:37

      "Not once aspect of its governance can be regarded as a success." I disagree, they are damned good at collecting taxes. But I suppose you need to be efficient at collecting it if you are to be efficient at stealing it.

  • Johan - 2012-04-20 07:08

    Again ANC elete are royal game and can get away with anything!

  • William - 2012-04-20 08:38

    Another day in Africa that reads like a soap opera!! What a joke. The way that the law is bent and altered to favour the politically connected is laughable!!!

  • gaeleen - 2012-04-20 08:59

    Is this not tantamount to interfering with the course of justice - are justice dept not supposed to be judging a case on legal issue - keep the politicians with politics stop them poking their snouts in every other issue

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-21 19:08

    I'd like to ask an ANC SUPPORTER (VOTER)....what will it take for you people to finally come to realize what damage this is doing to...... OUR COUNTRY. It doesn't take much intelligence to watch the news and read what is going on...WHEN DO YOU WAKE UP? May I explain in a democracy,if a Ruling Party is not running the country right, YOU HAVE THE FULL RIGHTS TO VOTE THEM OUT..OUT...OUT ..tell me if your life has improved in the last 15yrs? We know not much. (except for the ANC FAT CATS)....the rest of us are suffering...ST-FF THEM,LETS SHOW THEM..... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-07-16 17:00

    What,no one been called racist......

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-16 17:12

      thats because polly and his cronies are keeping a low profile

  • phillip.harry.79 - 2012-08-17 14:30

    Piesang piesang paw paw...

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