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COSTLY DELAY: Mokonyane to fork out extra R1.4m

By Sibongile Mashaba | Feb 02, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 47 ]

THE Gauteng government's delay in settling the lawsuit of a 12-year-old brain-damaged boy has cost taxpayers a further R1.4-million.

Sibusiso Khanyi successfully sued for negligence last February after he was born at Pholosong Hospital, East Rand, with cerebral palsy on December 2 1999.

Interest was charged at 15.5% a month on the R9.25-million awarded by the Johannesburg High Court.

Another late payment by the office of Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has added R320000 in interest to the R6.25-million payment due to Shabbier Nagel, who had a leg amputated when he went for heart surgery at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Nagel has been promised that he would get his money on Friday.

Mokonyane's office was granted leave to appeal the Sibusiso court decision, which lapsed on July 22.

Mokonyane's office on Monday decided to abandon the appeal and pay Sibusiso and his family.

"They have made a fair offer," said their lawyer, Gary Austin, adding that he could not reveal details of the agreement.

Sibusiso's mother Martha said she was happy her family would get the money soon as it would change their lives for the better.

DA health spokesman Jack Bloom said yesterday: "This is a real fiasco as this money could have been saved if Premier Nomvula Mokonyane had taken the sensible decision earlier not to pursue an appeal that was likely to fail.

"Her legal advisers are utterly incompetent because they allowed their appeal to lapse, and then scrambled for condonation even as the sheriff arrived to remove goods from the premier's office [on January 18]."

He said someone in Mokonyane's office should be "held accountable for this mess".


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@masepa: "only SARS and DTI people have and are always doing their work, the remainder is just rubishes who must just be fired".

Totally agree with your comment on SARS - had some tax issues last year, SARS personnel were professional, had patience with me and most importantly, effectively sorted my problem without sending me from one person to the next. Who is their boss, he can give lessons!!!

Feb 03, 2012 2:34 | 0 replies

Le ge ba modira is ke motogo wa gae, and ke kwa bare wa welawela but still is he business i just think is becoming a distraction as the Malpractise claims needs her attension fully!!!!!

Feb 02, 2012 11:13 | 0 replies

Who cares how much MONEY government wastes .. It's only our hard earned tax money... Keep voting for the pricks! Nx!

Feb 02, 2012 11:13 | 0 replies

Exactly what Jacob Zuma said one day on New Age and SABC2 morning live show.He said he wish he can change the rate at which government do things. Government is slow.he said for example , when there is a paper to be signed it will be signed tomorrow.

Feb 02, 2012 11:13 | 0 replies

i thought is young guys are jst appreciating her,neva thought ba modira.Anyway what there see down there is atill underage for them,

Feb 02, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

at least at the end the poor guy will get something out of nothing cos the damage is done.

Feb 02, 2012 10:39 | 0 replies

"She must be on top of things and hands on....."

She is. Just not in the right way :)

Feb 02, 2012 10:37 | 0 replies

Is she doing young boys really.

Every body knows this are you not from this Province...anyway is her right I just think she should cut down because she seems distracted...and that is costing our province money..i mean these claims have a 15% interest if payments are not made payemnts are still pending! She must be on top of things and hands on.....

Feb 02, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies

Who does that finger remind me of...........?.......o yes, PW!

Feb 02, 2012 10:21 | 0 replies

@ pik_it_up

We gonna wait long....

Feb 02, 2012 10:19 | 0 replies

pay that money ne sesi

Feb 02, 2012 11:14 | 0 replies