Premier must suspend 'Amigos' Trial' suspects - DA
THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the province's premier, Zweli Mkhize, to immediately suspend the MEC for economic development and tourism, Mike Mabuyakhulu, and the speaker of the legislature, Peggy Nkonyeni.
The DA's call follows a report by a KwaZulu-Natal Sunday newspaper that Mabuyakhulu admitted to receiving a donation of R1-million in cash while he was KZN ANC treasurer from the former provincial treasury head, Sipho Shabalala.
The donation was allegedly from controversial Cape Town businessman Gaston Savoi.
Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni are at the centre of a trial popularly known as the "Amigos' Trial" which has been set for June.
The pair face charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. The suspects were allegedly involved in a scam relating to water purification systems sold to the KZN government. The duo face charges along with with Savoi, Shabalala and 18 others.
Shabalala allegedly attained the donation after the provincial government bought water purification systems costing R42-million from Savoi's Intaka Holdings in 2005.
Media reports have claimed that there are moves to have the charges against Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni dropped.
DA leader in KZN Sizwe Mchunu said Mkhize had to take action against the accused politicians.