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KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Zweli Mkhize has rejected a call by the DAthat he suspend the speaker of the legislature, Neliswa "Peggy" Nkonyeni, pending the outcome of her fraud and corruption trial.
Nkonyeni is charged in the case related to a contract awarded to Lindelihle Mkhwanazi, the owner of Rowmoor Investments, and the supply chain manager in the health department Mduduzi Ntshangase.
It's alleged that the trio colluded in irregularly purchasing a mammogram machine for R1,5million.
The DA's John Steenhuisen called on Mkhize to request that Nkonyeni step aside from her official duties pending the outcome of the case.
He said the appearance of Nkonyeni in the dock has "sullied the entire legislature" and runs the risk of bringing it into "disrepute".
Mkhize said he is guided by the Constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers.
He said the legislature is competent to deal with matters relating to its performance.
He added "that a person is innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law".