KZN Speaker 'profits from her position'

2011-10-29 10:49

Pietermaritzburg - The Speaker in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature and former health MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, is listed as a director in 13 companies, three of which are known to have conducted business with the provincial government.

This is according to the DA, from information it received in response to a parliamentary question.

DA provincial leader, Sizwe Mchunu said the response was received from finance MEC Ina Cronjé and showed that business to the tune of R347 000 was conducted from 2006 to date.

"Most damning is a payment of R222 300, in 2008, to one of Nkonyeni’s companies for the supply of “medical wheelchairs”, at a time when she was provincial health MEC. Other services provided by the various companies, some as recently as this year, include venues and facilities, advertising and marketing and catering,” Mchunu said.

Call for investigation, suspension

He added that the DA will write to the Public Protector’s office to call for an investigation into Nkonyeni and her business dealings with the provincial government.

Mchunu called on KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize, and his cabinet, to immediately suspend Nkonyeni from her duties, pending the outcome of a full investigation and a disciplinary hearing.

He questioned how the Speaker could adequately fulfil her role in the legislature when she was involved in personal business pursuits in 13 companies.

"A cloud already exists over her head, with her name linked to the ‘Three Amigos’ [court case] and now we have this gross abuse of the system. She has jeopardised the reputation of the Speaker and the good name of the House. Yet, politically, she appears to have nine lives.” Mchunu said.

Questions have previously been raised about former health staff now employed in the legislature. These include former health chief financial officer Sipho Buthelezi, a co-accused in the Amigos trial, former health spokesperson Leon Mbangwa and former health manager in infrastructure Zenzele Ndlela.

Wesley Canham, acting spokesperson in Nkonyeni’s office, said the Constitution allows those in public office to participate in business and that Nkonyeni has declared all her business interests.

Canham said at no stage has the Speaker knowingly or unknowingly benefited from any business transaction which has to do with the legislature where she serves.

"I can confirm that in 2010, the Speaker was approached by a company called Grenville Industrial Supply, to be a member of this company, and the alleged transaction mentioned [by Mchunu] is said to have taken place in 2008. The Speaker had no knowledge of the previous transactions that the company had with government.”

Canham added that some of the 13 companies that the DA alleges that the Speaker is a director of have long been dormant, and she had declared these.

  • Vusi - 2011-10-29 10:58

    This Government is a scandalous disgrace and a shame to my own people. I am ashamed at what they have done with South Africa and ashamed to be walking these streets and people think because I'm black, I am one of these thieves. They run around at election time and promise everybody the world just to get back to their offices to design new ways to steal from us. She is a disgrace to all of us black people!!!!!

      colin.dovey - 2011-10-29 11:06

      @Vusi - I personally admire your stance. We need more good people like Lindiwe Mazibuko to take the lead in a moral and ethical sense. SA is a WONDERFUL country - and it is in DIVERSITY that our strength lies.

      an0nthinker - 2011-10-29 11:06

      She's a disgrace to all the people Vusi. Just as the rest of the corrupt officials are a disgrace. Sadly, come next election these same people will be power again. I don't think people are voting based on what their government is doing for them anymore.

      erno.v.dyk - 2011-10-29 11:31

      Eish Vusi, my heart bleeds for you my friend, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart! I feel like a hypocrite most of the time taking on the corrupt ANC government when I have so many black friends that suffer because of my distrust of their race and the example set by the power hungry corrupt leaders. The Blacks I know and that I'm friends with are very eloquent intellectuals with upstanding norms and standards and I'm witness to how they suffer because of a generalized view from other races towards blacks - MOSTLY JUSTIFIED - Stand up, scream it from the top of the mountains, let our rivers flow with crystal clear water of righteousness, and not red with the blood of innocent victims of these corrupt officials! Viva for speaking out my friend! RESPECT!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-29 11:44

      I think we have too many morally poor people in this country. It seams that all just wants to get a higher position to enrich themselves. No wonder the there real jobs are standing still and the real poor suffers, actually all, due to lack of services.

      Vusi - 2011-10-29 11:48

      @Erno. Thanks Erno. You should read my Facebook messages if you want to read scary stuff. They send me death threats on there. I know it is hog wash, but still. My father tells me that back in the old days of the Nationalists, anybody that went against them were shot dead. He also told me about many other atrocities the Nationalists committed. My Million Dollar question is to this government, how are they different from the Nationalists??????? I am now living everything over that my forebears had to live through because this country wasn't freed just for us black people, it was freed for you, the Cape's coloured people, The Indians. Anyway, I am not going to go away. I will fight till my last drop of blood to fix this mess these people have created for ALL of us.

      William - 2011-10-29 12:11

      Vusi, I am proud today for been a south african white person after reading your comment on this story you make me proud Vusi, this is the begining of the light at the end of the tunnel. THANK YOU!!!

      Mzamo - 2011-10-29 12:12

      I concur with you man! May be we should say "...disgrace to all of us Black people EXCEPT her COMRADES"!! I guess she will be offered another position because that's how they work! You corruption if position A, that's your ticket to position B, C, etc!!!

      Christo - 2011-10-29 12:20


      Bernard - 2011-10-29 12:53

      I don't think you are a thief, I know many honest, trustworthy black South Africans, but these ones (plus whites of the same calibre... i.e. regardless of race) need to be rooted out, and made to pay. Where is JuJu's opinion on her?, will he be delivering a memorandum to her too? he says on national TV "We want to live like whites", I'll show him how some whites live, If he were living in reality he would have said "All of these people who followed me today, and all others in complete poverty, want to live like I DO!!!!" He is a damn hypocrite, and a dictator in the making, else whay has the world genocide watch upgraded South Africa to category 6 (next being actual genocide), citing him as the reason? Blacks, Whites, Indians, Asians... all South Africans need to unite and ensure this evil does not come to replace and outdo Apartheid! Only we can stop him by opposing him at every junction, ARE we going to do it?

      Vusi - 2011-10-29 13:16

      @Bernard. You are so right about him being a hypocrite. Demolishing a R3.5 Million house to replace it with a R15 Million one??????? But let me give you this bit of peace of mind. My father meets up with a lot of these laanie black bros that now have money and THEY are not going to say bye bye to the good life and sit back and watch this uneducated wild child take over the country. His following is grossly overestimated. Grossly!!!!! Sleep my brother, sleep peacefully. There is no substance there.

      braamc - 2011-10-29 18:00

      She is a disgrace to us all Vusi. So which people on the ground can just realize this has to stop, the poor getting poorer and the ANC thieves just richer.

  • Heinrich - 2011-10-29 11:09

    "...the Constitution allows those in public office to participate in business" This was O.K. in the days when a Mayor only received an allowance. For today, the Constitution should be changed. Public officials receive all too handsome rewards, mostly for doing very little. They must be barred from having ANY business interests, so that they can concentrate on doing their jobs for which they are paid. Bear in mind that they also receive fringe benefits like medical,housing, travel and other allowances, and they also get a pension payment when they retire. This fiddling is a lot of nonsense. Maybe we should also march to Pretoria and demand that the Constitution be changed...

      Mike - 2011-10-29 11:48

      agree with you. they earn top salaries, are they such clever people they can manage our money and their own businesses? NO. Greed, get rid of these twats stealing and enriching themselves!

  • Myth - 2011-10-29 11:13

    There are just too many corrupt people, black and white, for the good of the future of this country. How I wish and hope this new Police Commissioner can actually do something about hit; should I hold my breath?

      Bill - 2011-10-29 11:36

      Don't hold your breath, you would be playing with your life insurance...!!

  • Vusi - 2011-10-29 11:16

    @an)nthinker. I know,and you are right, she is disgrace to everybody but from my point of view, us black people got this country to run and WE had to prove to the world that we are mature enough to run it. The ANC has done nothing else but create the Grandest Of All Thefts I have ever heard of.

      BA - 2011-10-29 12:01

      True Vusi. But in modern times it's not so easy to cover your tracks of corruption. There have been, and there many more ANC politicians that's going from hero to zero in one courtcase.

      Vusi - 2011-10-29 12:21

      BA my issue is, it is about 1 in a 1000 that is brought to justice. It is almost as if they charge someone now and again just to shut us up. Just in our council, this year, R95 Million has been stolen by 2 individuals. We know who they are, but nothing is being done. The one stole R55 Million and drives around the place here in his new R1.2 Million S Class Mercedes as if he earned it! Can you understand my anger. I have to watch my father working till the early morning hours to have gotten to where he has gotten, but others can steal R55 Million and drive around with a smile!

      BA - 2011-10-29 12:46

      All I say is justice will prevail ... eventually. Slash the fool's tyres in the meantime

  • Wouter - 2011-10-29 11:22

    One of hundreds. Just unlucky to get caught out.

      Brad Frank - 2011-10-29 11:37

      couldn't agree more...

      Vusi - 2011-10-29 11:40

      It has become an unauditable mess and when I see any official now or meet one, I immediately think to myself "How much have been stealing?"

      Anthony - 2011-10-29 13:10

      vusi---u have my admiration --it breaks my heart what is going on --i see it breaks yours as well on a positive note ,why dont u start a vusi club --you are 1 , find a friend and then you are 2---you must no be politicians or a political party --but a club that stands for decency ,integrity, honesty etc now there are 2 of you ---u each go out and find a new supporter and 2 becomes 4 --4 becomes 8 -8 becomes 16 and on you go u can get thousands to join u go for it my good man -- I for one will join u-- lov u bro

  • Jabu - 2011-10-29 11:59

    this steals my peace .

      BA - 2011-10-29 12:03

      fake peace you mean

  • Kevin - 2011-10-29 12:03

    Jail time. It's time our government stopped aloowing it's officials to have business connections that score government business. This women would not have had 13 directorships as she is not an experienced businesswomen .Name the company and ban them from doing business with the government. name the companies so that the public does not have to buy from these dubious businesses .Come on South Africa, put the rubbish out of business

  • Dirk - 2011-10-29 12:06

    Obviously theft and dishonesty involved but this is "small Fry" compared to so many other cases. It has just been confirmed that they defrauded hundreds of millions in Welkom. The culprit has been re-deployed to Bloemfontein in stead of prison

  • Vusi - 2011-10-29 12:26

    @Christo You mean suspend with full pay and investigate for 3 years! @Dirk. Thanks Bro. If only the other quiet ones would join me. If only.

  • Mzamo - 2011-10-29 12:33

    Arrest her now!!!!!! Seriously, are our politicians above the law? They always squander public funds but they don't get prosecuted!! Instead they are re-deployed!!!!! Now its time S.Africans vote for what they are promised by political parties rather than voting by race and loyalty to certain parties!!

  • SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-29 12:42

    Don't mean to sound stupid but I would like to know, How can one person be a director in 13 companies? Don't these companies compete with each other ?...are these companies in different industries?

  • Ryan - 2011-10-29 12:46

    Sorry but are we reading the same article here? Canham's answer seems quite conclusive to me. She joined the company 2yrs after they sold wheelchairs to the government; so what? Perhaps there is more to the story and we can follow it but they have nothing here. If we really want to stop corruption in government we will have to do a lot better then this. I know nothing of this Peggy Nkonyeni. Perhaps she is a decent caring person who excels at her job but it seems we would rather beat her with our preconceptions then apply critical thinking (or am I missing something here?).

      Paas - 2011-10-29 13:09

      Ryan, Peggy (I'm more important than anyone else) has criminal charges against her for corruption due to her actions as Heath MEC, not sure when her trial begins. She should resign already, clear her name first and then once again portray herself as a champion of the poor.

      Ryan - 2011-10-29 13:38

      Obviously I'm a bit late on this story but would you agree that when it says the "most damning" evidence was a payment in 2008 and she only joined the company in 2010 there is a logical flaw in the argument here? If this is the top news of our fight against corruption then we are in serious trouble. If we apply ourselves we should be seeing five or six "big fish" a month being put behind bars at the level of corruption we are seeing and that is just to keep us afloat. Why are we bothering with baseless, illogical nonsense like this?

  • Vusi - 2011-10-29 13:15

    @Bernard. You are so right about him being a hypocrite. Demolishing a R3.5 Million house to replace it with a R15 Million one??????? But let me give you this bit of peace of mind. My father meets up with a lot of these laanie black bros that now have money and THEY are not going to say bye bye to the good life and sit back and watch this uneducated wild child take over the country. His following is grossly overestimated. Grossly!!!!! Sleep my brother, sleep peacefully. There is no substance there.

  • Jabu - 2011-10-29 17:45

    @ BA oh no ... not fake peace you don't know how it upsets me to see these articles yet I'm homeless with 4 kids . but I know they perish like grass , they will rot in hell .

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-29 20:18

    Is there no end to the ANC's MP's greed , corruption and tender fraud? It seems most ANC MPs are guilty???? Do they think ANC voters are STUPID? Well at least it us a democracy so the Nation can decide next elections who they want. But this is just ridiculous..........

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-29 20:28

    1/8/11 Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and the province's legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni were granted R100 000 bail each by the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Monday for corruption charges involving fraudster Gaston Savoi. SHE IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE, THIS IS NO MISTAKE....

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-30 12:33

    EVERY DAY THERE IS A NEW MP BEING FOUND GUILTY.....I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW THE TOTAL PERCENTAGE OF MPS AND GOVT DEPTS BEING INVESTIGTED.....30/10/11 Johannesburg - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's government is being investigated for alleged fraud and corruption totalling millions of rands, according to weekend media reports..... I AM SORRY, SUPPORTERS OF THE ANC BUT YOU HAVE BEEN BETRAYED ...TIME TO THINK OF YOUR FUTURE AND PERHAPS YOUY WILL ACHIVE ECONOMIC FREEDOM ..THE ANSWER LIES IN THE LEADERS U HVE CHOSEN AND WHO ARE NOW TKING A HUGE DUMP ON YOUR HEADS....together we can overcome corruption dont have to vate for the ANC you know..this isnt about black and white anymore.

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-30 12:45

    ANC slogan : Together, they will steal more''......hahahahahaha

  • John - 2011-10-30 21:40

    ANC = Association of National Criminals = Abortion Murder Genocide

  • Joseph - 2011-11-21 17:39

    Dr Zweli Mkhize must act quickly as far as this matter is concerned. If the investigations proves the allegation to be true, the speaker must be fired from her current job, suspended from the ANC and be tried in the court of law. The habit, on the part of the ruling party, to re-deploy these corrupt officials is equivalent to condoning corruption.

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