Sizwe Mchunu, MPP
Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature
CLAIMS that former acting KZN director of Public prosecutions (DPP), Simphiwe Mlotshwa, may have been replaced following a disagreement with his superiors within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over the prosecution of senior KZN politicians, Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni – both implicated in the “Amigo’s racketeering and corruption case – have the potential to turn this trial into a farce and tarnish the integrity of the judicial system in this province.
According to media reports, Mlotshwa has been replaced by Moipone Noko-Mashilo, the former NPA tax unit boss in Durban. The NPA has not given an official reason for the change. The DA is extremely concerned by this latest development which we believe points to a selective application of the rules. Not only are Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni facing very serious charges. They are also high-ranking ANC politicians in KwaZulu-Natal who remain in office, seemingly unscathed by their alleged misconduct. This is one matter which must go to trial without political interference of any kind. Both parties must face the law just as any ordinary citizen would.
The provincial government has meanwhile admitted that it is still ruminating over whether KZN taxpayers will be expected to cough up for Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni’s legal expenses. This points to preferential treatment of the worst kind and the DA vehemently opposes such a notion. We again appeal to KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize, to suspend both these politicians pending the outcome of the trial. As the Premier well knows, this is in line with policy adopted at the recent ANC Policy Conference in Gauteng, which states that any ANC politician facing charges of corruption or maladministration must be suspended.