MECs mustn't support those in court - DA

2011-08-11 16:24

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal legislature must insist that MECs not show support for two of their colleagues in court for alleged racketeering, fraud and money laundering.

"If an individual wishes to go to court to support personal friends, well and good, but MECs are not just any individuals," Democratic Alliance (DA) MMP Mark Steele said in a statement.

Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and provincial legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court last week with former provincial health department head Professor Ronald Green-Thompson.

Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu were granted bail of R100 000 each. Green-Thompson was released on R40 000 bail.

"The court appearance... presented ANC public representatives with yet another opportunity to demonstrate that they understand the difference between the party and the state," said Steele.

He claimed some provincial MECs had used state cars and bodyguards to attend the court proceedings last week.

The appearance of MECs at the court could put "emotional pressure" on all involved in the case, he said.

"I move on behalf of the DA that this house insists that members of our provincial government clearly separate their official from their political functions."

The charges against Mabuyakhulu, Nkonyeni, and Green-Thompson relate to the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to South American businessman Gaston Savoi's company Intaka to supply water purification plants and oxygen generating units to provincial hospitals.

  • bvdwesthuizen - 2011-08-11 16:34

    Some MEC would proberbly want to be in court to follow the procedings in order to ensure they are not implicated and to put undue pressure on the accused not to do so

      Fred - 2011-08-11 17:39

      They are all a bunch of corrupt thieves, and birds of a feather flock together.

      p123 - 2011-08-11 18:32

      The ANC always stick together, no matter what, so don't hold your breath!!! They all seem to be part of the system of patronage, they were taught well by ZANU-PF. The ANC are corrupt from top to bottom, nobody can challenge this statement, the evidence is overwelming, unless you are as dumb as fatboy Malema of course!!!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-12 03:35

      ANC will turn ANY EVENT, into a PRO ANC RALLY.... even a FUNERAL!!

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  • HumanKind - 2011-08-11 16:45

    They are all thieves, whether directly or indirectly by stealing the taxpayers money

  • StoneAngel - 2011-08-11 16:52

    I presume that court hours would be in working hours for MECs - I would expect that they should be WORKING and working does not mean sitting in court supporting friends. Don't come with that 'leave' angle most of them don't work hard enough to have leave!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-12 03:36

      Ever heard of an ANC MEC WORKING? Yeah.... and PIGS WILL FLY IN THE MIDDLE OF JULY!

  • Bravo - 2011-08-11 16:52

    You are kidding me - these two in court are heros of the struggle to some of the other politicians!!

  • GH - 2011-08-11 16:52

    Sad that you actually have to TELL them.

  • Mart - 2011-08-11 16:55

    I can just see this is going to be another long and drawn out case that is going to cost us,the SA tax payer, millions of rand.

      El Nicko - 2011-08-11 18:30

      And don't forget that super sweet $$$ golden handshake at the end , that is of-course if they are not convicted. Well , if by some miracle they are convicted , I hear that shabirshakiness is quite common around politicians.

  • duncan - 2011-08-11 16:57

    Wonder whether all the thieves put in leave forms when they go dancing at court ?

  • OK - 2011-08-11 17:16

    Mr Steele - when will the DA address the issue of Manie van Dyk's parliamentary travel allowances? Clean up your own act please!

      dwnwitjuju - 2011-08-11 17:20

      Wow - you managed to name one, yes one DA member with issues...Do you really want me to name ANC cronies with problems? I will start with JZ!

      Sizwe - 2011-08-11 20:42

      @dwnwitjuju. Two wrongs dont make a right. Defending a person who erred whilst in public office is rather ironic given the nature of this article dont you think...?

  • verstom - 2011-08-12 01:55

    They must go and support their brohers in crime give them a break!!!!!!!!!!

  • ANC support - 2011-08-12 09:13

    Great way to deviate the attention from Malema and Cele issues at hand. Nothing like shock treatment to steer the boat in opposite directions. Tell you, ...these f#&*^$@rs are way more clever than U think!

  • Bok Fan - 2011-08-12 10:40

    They are practising!

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