DA provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango has been slapped with a R1.5m lawsuit for defamation after he accused KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube of awarding tenders worth more than R15m to Brand Partners‚ where her husband, Sibusiso Justin Ncube, is a director of communications. The DA has vowed to defend Mncwango and says it will not retract the claims he made in a media statement in June, in which he said Dube-Ncube’s husband had benefited financially as result of her actions. In a letter to KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu‚ signed by Mncwango‚ the DA alleged that Dube-Ncube awarded Brand Partners a communications tender at the Nkandla municipality in December last year. The letter said the contract was worth more than R7.5m‚ and the DA called for her immediate suspension.

The DA said the other allegation of corruption against Dube-Ncube was related to Mthonjaneni municipality in Melmoth‚ where the party had evidence that Re...

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