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By unknown | Jan 23, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for health Neliswa "Peggy" Nkonyeni will stand trial on charges of corruption in the Pietermaritzburg regional court from June 1 to 12.

The charges relate to the purchase for the province of ultra-sound equipment by the department.

Mduduzi Ntshangase, 44, and Lindelelihle Mkhwanazi, 38, both of Richard's Bay, were yesterday ordered by magistrate Chris van Vuuren to stand trial with Nkonyeni.

The three appeared calm and confident in court yesterday. Nkonyeni is the ANC Women's League candidate for premier should the party win the upcoming elections.

Mkhwanazi, a businessman, is the owner of Rowmoor Investments, a company that won a contract from the department. He is also allegedly Nkonyeni's boyfriend.

The case was set down for June to allow the defence more time to study the charge sheet.

Nkonyeni's lawyer, Larry Sheetal, said they had asked for further particulars of the charges and the prosecutor, Johan van der Merwe, agreed to provide them by March 6.

According to an affidavit by Scorpions investigator Clarence Jones it is alleged that Rowmoor charged the department R1,5 million for a mammogram machine.

The machine could allegedly have been bought for R425000.

Nkonyeni, 47, and Mkhwanazi were arrested in December. Both are on bail of R10000 each, while Ntshangase's bail is R5000.

In court Nkonyeni was flanked by senior ANC leaders. She appeared calm and confident. Nkonyeni is a long-time friend and supporter of ANC president Jacob Zuma.


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