KwaZulu-Natal ANC deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu will be making an application to the head of the specialised crimes unit for his case to be heard separately from that of his co-accused to minimise political fall-out.
Mabuyakhulu and Durban businessman Mabheleni Ntuli were cited among the five main role-players in a fraud‚ corruption and money laundering case relating to a failed jazz festival five years ago that cost taxpayers R28-million.
The other main alleged conspirators are Desmond Golding‚ the former head of the KwaZulu-Natal department of economic development and tourism; Caesar Walter Mkhize‚ the owner of Soft Skills Communications‚ Maqhoboza Traders and Shaka Holdings; and Nothando Zungu‚ a member of Soft Skills Communications and sole member of Ishashalazi Productions.
It is alleged that during his tenure as MEC of economic development in KZN‚ Mabuyakhulu had directed millions into the accounts of his seven co-accused and nine other companies and businessmen for which he allegedly received kick backs.
During a brief appearance in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Wednesday‚ Mabuyakuhulu's lawyer‚ advocate Jimmy Howse‚ appealed to the state to respond to their request for particulars filed in August last year.