Sizwe Mchunu, MPP
Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature
The Democratic Alliance has called on attorneys acting on behalf of the NPA and KZN MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu, to respond with opposing affidavits by the close of business on 20 June, in line with the time constraint prescribed by the rules of the courts.
The DA wrote to both parties last week with the appeal that they stick to the time frame and not to apply for an extension.
Last month the DA announced that it would go after the NPA record of decision leading to charges of fraud and racketeering being dropped against Mabuyakhulu and KZN Speaker, Peggy Nkonyeni – both linked to a multi-million rand water purification scandal. This, after the NPA denied an earlier Public Access to Information Application (PAIA) by the DA on the basis that it was confidential in nature.
The DA believes that the recent testimony of whistle-blowers in the labour court trial is added proof that this record of decision belongs in the public domain. Further claims by witnesses, that Nkonyeni, as former Health MEC, pressured officials to fast track the purification contract with Intaka Holdings – in order to ensure a R1 million kickback for the ANC – are also a source for major concern.
The DA calls on the NPA to stick to the time frame and to respond by 20 June.