KZN speaker to go on trial for corruption

The KwaZulu-Natal legislature’s speaker, Peggy Nkonyeni, and two co-accused go on trial in August for corruption.

The trial was on Friday set down from August 13 to 18 by Pietermaritzburg regional magistrate Chris van Vuuren.

According to the indictment, Nkonyeni allegedly accepted kickbacks of R20 000 and free accommodation at the luxury Steenberg Boutique in Constantia.

This, allegedly in return for influencing the provincial health department to buy expensive equipment from an associate of hers at an inflated price.

She is accused of committing the corruption while she was provincial minister for health.

Charged with her are Lindelihle Nkwanazi, the manager of Rowmoor Investments, and Mduduzi Victor Ntshangase, the head of the supply chain in the KwaZulu-Natal department of health

Nkwanazi allegedly handled the equipment procured by the department at an inflated price, while Ntshangase allegedly persuaded colleagues to choose more expensive equipment than was available.

State advocate Hein van der Merwe said investigations had to be carried out into additional information contained in an affidavit by Dr Gaston Savoi, of Intaka Company, and the owner of the Steenberg Hotel.

This could lead to charges against more people.—Sapa

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