DA Demands Records Of NPA Decision On Charges Against KZN Politicians

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP Leader of the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal

THE Democratic Alliance has written to Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Moipone Noko, demanding that the record of decision to drop charges against high-profile politicians be made available to us.

It is highly suspicious that the state no longer plans to charge Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, Economic Development and Tourism (ECOD) MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and others with fraud and corruption.

The circumstances around this decision are questionable given the removal of the former provincial director of public prosecutions and the almost immediate decision of the Acting Director to drop the charges. It is concerning that this announcement was made in a press conference and not even in a court of law.

Businessman Gaston Savoi’s allegedly corrupt dealings with the state involve a massive network of officials and politicians in multiple provinces.

We cannot allow a situation similar to the NPA’s dropping of over 700 corruption charges against Jacob Zuma without a public explanation.

In the DA’s case against the National Director of Public Prosecutions, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the record of decision on the Zuma charges is rightfully a public document.

We expect nothing less from KZN Acting Director Noko than the urgent release of this record of decision to the Democratic Alliance and broader public for scrutiny.

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