Deadline looms for NPA

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

THE NPA has just one week left to hand-over the record of decision to the Democratic Alliance detailing why fraud and racketeering charges were dropped against high-profile KZN politicians.

This follows the DA’s Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application for the records after charges were withdrawn against KZN Speaker, Peggy Nkonyeni and provincial ECOD MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu for their role in the Intaka purification scandal. The scandal involves several other high-ranking KZN officials and politicians from other provinces.

On 26 September, the NPA confirmed receipt of the DA’s application. The NPA has 30 working days to respond to our request. Today marks one week until the 6 November deadline. Given the precedent set by the courts in the DA’s battle to obtain the record of decision for President Zuma’s corruption case, we expect full compliance from acting KZN Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Moipone Noko, to our application.

Both Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni are senior office bearers elected by the people of KZN. It is not only opposition parties that have a right to know why these charges have been dropped. The role of oversight also belongs to the citizens of this province, who deserve to have a government with integrity and credibility. That Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni’s names are now being bandied about as possible replacements for the role of the provincial Premier, should Premier Zweli Mkhize take up a national role after Mangaung, is outrageous.

As far as the DA is concerned this matter is far from over and both parties still need to prove that they are beyond reproach. Should the NPA fail to divulge the records, as requested, the DA will take further action in a bid to overturn the decision.

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