President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Health minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, has been placed on special leave from June 8.
“This period of special leave will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes,” said the Presidency in a statement.
Currently, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is investigating and the President awaits a report on the outcome of this probe.
Where it all began
The public began to be aware of the case between Dr Zweli Mkhize and ‘associates’ when journalists exposed those who unduly benefited from the initial R82 million COVID-19 communication contract.
The figured soared to R150 million when previous contracts were unsurfaced.
Digital Vibes, received a tender from the Department of Health and submitted allegedly fraudulent information in their bids.
Reports by Daily Maverick’s Peter-Lious Myburgh exposed how people close to the minister used the company to channel funds received from the tenders for their personal benefit. Read the full expose here.
The minister has distanced himself from any association with Digital Vibes and its associates. However, the investigative journalist proved otherwise when they disclosed images and reports of the minister’s family with the implicated associates.
Who is the minister now?
Minister of Tourism Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will serve as Acting Minister of Health until further notice.