KZN ANC leader to appear in Durban Commercial Crimes Court
Former KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC and newly appointed ANC Provincial Task Team head Mike Mabuyakhulu has been summoned to appear before the Commercial Crime court in Durban on Wednesday.
Mabuyakhulu was last month appointed as head of an interim task team to replace the suspended provincial executive committee following internal factions in the party. Formal charges are yet to be put to the politician.
In August 2012 acting director of public prosecutions Moipone Noko dropped fraud and corruption charges against Mabuyakhulu as well as KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni and four others – Lindelihle Mkhwanazi‚ Nozibele Phindela‚ Jabulani Thusi and Ian Blose.
The six 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” R144-million corruption case involving Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.
Savoi’s company Intaka allegedly paid bribes to ensure that a contract to supply water purifiers and oxygen generators to hospitals‚ at hugely inflated prices‚ went its way. He was to go on trial with former provincial treasury boss Sipho Shabalala‚ who allegedly received a R1 million donation for the ANC.