DA wants DPP’s Intaka decision set aside

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Pietermaritzburg - The DA asked the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to set aside a decision not to explain why corruption charges against two ANC officials were withdrawn.

The KwaZulu-Natal Public Prosecutions Director Moipone Noko said the matter contained confidential information and would not explain why charges were withdrawn against Peggy Nkonyeni and Mike Mabuyakulu.

Judge Rashid Vahed reserved judgment on the matter.

Charges against Nkonyeni, who is currently the education MEC, economic development MEC Mabuyakhulu, former KwaZulu-Natal health department official Yolisa Mbele, businessman Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, and attorneys Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi and Ian Blose were withdrawn in October 2012.

The seven were linked to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department, allegedly at inflated prices.

Initially 25 people were implicated in the so-called “amigos” corruption case.

Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi was one of the accused. Savoi's company, Intaka, allegedly paid bribes to ensure a contract to supply water purifiers and oxygen generators to hospitals, at inflated prices, went its way.

Savoi and former provincial treasury boss Sipho Shabalala, who allegedly received a R1 million donation for the ANC, had been part of the group who would have gone on trial.

Nkonyeni was accused of making the deal happen in return for the donation. Mabuyakulu was ANC provincial treasurer at the time.


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