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Cyril Ramaphosa puts Zweli Mkhize on special leave over Digital Vibes saga

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Cyril Ramaphosa puts Zweli Mkhize on special leave over Digital Vibes saga
Health minister Zweli Mkhize says he and President Cyril Ramaphosa did not discuss his resignation, however that they had ‘mentioned the concern of special leave pending the story of the SIU’. File photograph.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed properly being minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave.

“This era of special leave will enable the minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the department of properly being and a carrier supplier, Digital Vibes,” acknowledged the presidency on Tuesday.

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Ramaphosa acknowledged the Special Investigating Unit turned into investigating the topic and he turned into waiting for a story on the end result of the probe.

Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will support as performing minister of properly being till additional ogle.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mkhize acknowledged he had mentioned taking special leave with Ramaphosa.

“For the reason that family name has been brought in, we then started discussing with the president about prospects of what is going to deserve to be done. We surely raised the concern of special leave. In that context, we are in a position to await the president’s counsel because that could well even be a challenge of the govt.,” he acknowledged.

Mkhize turned into briefing journalists in Kimberley for the duration of his visits to vaccination websites within the Northern Cape.

“We enjoy not mentioned the concern of resignation, we now enjoy mentioned the concern of special leave pending the story of the SIU,” he acknowledged.

Mkhize additionally “unreservedly apologised” for the scandal, announcing it had been “a surely inspiring topic to tackle”.

The minister has been embroiled within the R150m scandal following the properly being department irregularly awarding a communication contract to Digital Vibes, a firm owned by conclude associates of his. The firm is purported to enjoy inflated its costs — however additionally one of the crucial money paid to it turned into allegedly transferred to Mkhize’s son, Dedani, and some allegedly paid for renovations at one of Mkhize’s homes.

On Tuesday, he reiterated that he played no role within the awarding of the contract and there turned into no personal abet in this regard.

Mkhize acknowledged he had been conserving Ramaphosa briefed concerning the overall developments within the topic, including what the SIU has been announcing and what his family has been uncovering.

He acknowledged when “unusual information” got right here to mild that suggested that some money turned into out of date to repair the lights at his dwelling, his wife investigated and in pronounce that they had been alarmed since the professional who helped repair the lights had been paid.

“Unknown to us, [the official] had gone to work along with a aged team member, who ended paying about R7,000. That topic, we acknowledged, we wanted beefy accountability [on] since the money had been paid and there turned into no concern,” he acknowledged.

Mkhize confirmed that there had been an sinful relationship between his son and one of the Digital Vibes officers. He acknowledged his family turned into “barely unhappy” concerning the money that turned into transferred to his son’s tale.

“We are barely outraged about this. We’re going to sit down down down down and enjoy a conversation on that topic to point out that the more or much less relationship that turned into absorbing turned into sinful and that at the tip, these funds deserve to be returned.

“The concern is that it turned into basically basically based on a personal relationship, which adults — as we now enjoy children at this age — of us enjoy relationships which we’re not necessarily aware to what extent they trot,” he acknowledged.

Mkhize acknowledged these had been one of the crucial points they enjoy since reported to the SIU and to Ramaphosa.

The Day after day Maverick reported that Digital Vibes bought a R160,000 second-hand automobile for Dedani. This is on high of the firm transferring R300,000 to one of Dedani’s companies.

The minister, who’s additionally a member of the ANC’s national govt committee, confirmed that he had written to the party’s integrity commission concerning the Digital Vibes topic. He acknowledged he turned into still collating information before he could well also appear before the structure.

No date had been save of abode but for his appearance, he acknowledged.

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Cyril Ramaphosa puts Zweli Mkhize on special leave over Digital Vibes saga