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News24.com | Mabuyakhulu pleads to execrable-watch PwC forensic auditor, says his testimony has inconsistencies

Mike Mabuyakhulu. (Jabulani Langa, Gallo Images, Daily Sun, file)

Mike Mabuyakhulu. (Jabulani Langa, Gallo Pictures, Day-to-day Sun, file)

  • Worn KwaZulu-Natal ANC deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu’s testimony dealt with the Intaka Water Project and the acquisition of water vegetation.
  • Mabuyakhulu mentioned he compulsory to execrable-watch PwC forensic auditor Trevor White because there had been inconsistencies in his testimony. 
  • He told the Zondo Price claims that costs against him had been thanks to political interference had been no longer excellent. 

The used ANC deputy chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Mike Mabuyakhulu, has told the Zondo Price he wants to execrable-watch PwC forensic auditor Trevor White.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mabuyakhulu – testifying on the commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo – claimed White’s testimony was no longer excellent and had inconsistencies.

Mabuyakhulu no longer too lengthy prior to now stepped apart, adhering to the ANC’s resolution that participants dealing with criminal costs must build so till their cases had been finalised. 

He faced a corruption case that will perchance head to trial in the Kwazulu-Natal High Court in September, Recordsdata24 reported

White testified on the commission final year about Intaka, owned by prosperous businessman Gaston Savoi

He additionally testified relating to the provincial Department of Effectively being. 

READ | PwC forensic auditor Trevor White to testify at Zondo commission

Recordsdata24 reported the forensic auditor told the commission a insist deeming the water being supplied to hospitals in the province safe was skipped over to flout delicate processes in the procurement of water purification vegetation.

White testified about how processes had been circumvented by entities linked to one but any other, submitting aggressive conceal quotes against every other. 

He told the commission in cases where the water purification vegetation had been procured, they had been never ragged as “there was no funds to salvage the compulsory chemical compounds”.

It was later known as the so-known as “Amigos” case, captivating allegations of racketeering, corruption and fraud worth R144 million in KZN provincial contracts given in return for “sweeteners”, Recordsdata24 reported.

To the one among his recollection, Mr Mabuyakhulu says he got the funds from Shabalala on or about 11 June 2008 and that he was detached in his capability as the ANC Provincial Treasurer on the time. #StateCaptureInquiry

— Sing Capture Price (@StateCaptureCom) Can even 5, 2021

Mabuyakhulu and other high-ranking ANC officers, including Peggy Nkonyeni, had been implicated in the case. But costs against the duo had been, on the replace hand, later withdrawn.

Mabuyakhulu was then the housing MEC as well as the feeble affairs and native govt MEC, while Nkonyeni was the well being MEC.

Turning in his opening observation on the commission, by which he disputed White’s testimony about Intaka and funds donated to the celebration, he mentioned he was informed the case was detached earlier than numerous courts, and other folks and companies had been being prosecuted.

Giving context, Mabuyakhulu outlined that he got a letter, dated 15 July 2005, from now Effectively being Minister Zweli Mkhize who was finance and economic construction MEC on the time.  

He told the commission Mkhize had proposed to him in the letter that a joint-interdepartmental group, which would possibly delight in in thoughts the select of the water purification vegetation, be installed at numerous district municipalities that had been plagued by drought.

Mabuyakhulu mentioned Mkhize explained that the water purification vegetation would delight in been funded from the poverty alleviation fund in the provincial finance department.

He added his characteristic was to make stronger Mkhize’s proposal for a committee that was then location up. 

Mabuyakhulu mentioned the committee dealt with procurement concerns from the starting to the end, and executive authorities performed no characteristic in the processes.

In his evidence earlier than the commission, White testified an amount of R1 056 204.98 was distributed from documents where he additionally illustrated how the funds had been dispersed and paid into the have faith memoir of Khuboni and Shezi Attorneys. 

Mabuyakhulu additionally puzzled White’s testimony that 29 payments between 19 February 2007 and 21 August 2007 had been made to serve used head of provincial treasury Sipho Shabalala and his accomplice, Beatrice Shabalala.

He denied this amount was linked to a donation of R1 million that he got from Shabalala on behalf of the ANC. 

Illogical inferences

“What is in dispute there, Mr Chairman, is the illogical inference or link by the forensic auditor [White] who confirmed us how the whole amount of R1 056 204.98 was paid to 14 companies.

What is absurd is the silly attempt and join the R1 million that was donated in cash to the ANC by technique of myself in my capability as the provincial treasurer of the ANC then, by Mr Shabalala, with the fund that Intaka had paid into the Khuboni and Shezi have faith memoir.

Mabuyakhulu added: “Clearly here, Mr White wants to display to this commission what number of millions did Intaka pay. We know from Mr Gaston Savoi’s affidavits that is earlier than the Pietermaritzburg High Court that only 1,000,000 was paid, so where does this other million rand that Mr Trevor White reveals near from.

“If Mr White is asserting he’s referring to the same funds that had been paid by Intaka then my search info from is, how can or no longer or no longer it’s?

“Where are the facts of Mr White’s conclusions and inferences coming from? Where are the facts of the logic and rationality? Mr White must detached memoir for his spurious claims.”

He mentioned it was due to this aspect which he was submitting that he execrable-watch White.

Persona assassination

Mabuyakhulu additionally dealt with claims that political interference resulted in costs against him being withdrawn.

He submitted he believed there was never a need for him to be charged in the principle place, and he made no representation to thrill in the costs withdrawn.

“In conclusion, Mr Chairman, I put up that this commission is about establishing facts, and it must’t change right into a platform for rumour mongering and baseless conjecture.

“Or no longer it’s my respectful submission that in the quest of establishing the truth from the facts, we must detached severely guard against other folks that will perchance halt the indispensable time … of this commission…”

Mabuyakhulu mentioned the Intaka case and his arrest resulted in his personality being “assassinated” and his dignity impugned.

“Statements made by Mr White earlier than this commission on this very painful topic and his repetition of baseless accusations against me abet to additional impugn my personality…” 

He reiterated this was why he felt strongly he must detached execrable-watch White so he would possibly “display himself on the inconsistencies of his affidavit to this commission”.

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