Citizen Reporter
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24 Apr 2017
2:00 pm

Nkandla disciplinary hearing’s first respondent medical note rejected

Citizen Reporter

One of the first of 10 officials facing disciplinary action for their role in the Nkandla scandal is instructed to face the music despite being in possession of a sick note.

President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla. Photo: Zululand Observer

Sibusiso Chonco, one of the first 10 officials facing disciplinary actions over Nkandla upgrades scandal, was instructed through his lawyer to attend the hearing after informing the panel that he was unable to do so due to ill health.

Times Live reports that this is after Sibusiso Chonco’s legal representative earlier requested a postponement. His lawyers argued that “the whole nation wants to know the outcome, but going ahead without him would be prejudicial”.

The Nkandla “fall guy”, as the media describes him, is facing charges centred on his role in appointing architect Minenhle Makhanya as the principal agent in the project. His matter was set down for two days.

But Adrian Moodley‚ who is representing Chonco‚ requested a postponement‚ producing a sick note that showed his client had been booked off work from March 29 to April 29. He is suffering from depression‚  struggling to concentrate and is heavily medicated‚ the medical certificate states.

Advocate Thulani Khuzwayo, however, called into question the document‚ arguing it was several weeks old and gave the discretion to the department on whether or not to grant Chonco sick leave. He added that while the medical note excuses Chonco from work‚ it did not directly excuse him from being able to attend the disciplinary hearing.