KZN Health must clarify decision to drop charges against Amigo’s whistleblower

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

The Democratic Alliance will today submit parliamentary questions to KZN’s Health MEC to establish the reasons for the department’s sudden decision to drop all charges and reinstate a former employee alleged to be a whistle-blower in the so-called Amigo’s case.

The department must clarify this sudden change of heart.

The Amigo’s case involves several high-profile KZN ANC politicians including former Speaker KZN Peggy Nkonyeni – now Education MEC – and her colleague Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Economic Development.  Both were accused of fraud and racketeering as part of a multi-million rand water purification deal.  Charges were last year dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  The NPA has since refused to reveal the reason for this despite a Public Access to Information Application (PAIA) by the DA.

The DA remains firm in its commitment to uncovering the truth behind the dropping of charges against MECs’ Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu.  We have lodged legal action against both parties and the NPA in a bid to force the record of decision to be made public.  We anticipate that the matter will go to court in the first quarter of next year.

The DA will not entertain any effort to sweep this matter under the carpet.

While we respect the rights of the whistleblower in this case, and are in fact pleased she will no longer be victimised, we expect the department to explain its sudden change of heart. What has changed that we do not know about?