Well being minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has denied telling ANC leaders in Pietermaritzburg final week that he used to be being “targeted” because he used to be considered as a doable candidate for party president subsequent twelve months.
The Sunday Times reported on the weekend that, according to an insider who attended the assembly, Mkhize used to be making an strive to mobilise strengthen within the ruling party as an strive to beat again at those calling for him to resign or be fired.
Mkhize is below rising rigidity after Digital Vibes, a firm hasten by his stop pals, Tahera Mather and Naadhira Mitha — who both worked on his 2017 ANC presidential advertising and marketing and marketing campaign — had obtained a R150m contract to handle communications first for the National Well being Insurance and, later, Covid-19.
The insider told the Sunday Times that Mkhize told the regional leaders that he used to be “being targeted as a person with skill to contest in 2022″.
The Sunday Times namely asked Mkhize about this prior to the story being printed, however he opted no longer to respond to this explicit allegation. But in a assertion to media on Monday, Mkhize denied saying that the Digital Vibes saga used to be linked to ANC issues, namely the party’s electoral convention subsequent twelve months.
“The minister has current with scenario the Sunday Times file which refers to a ‘source’ who attended a gathering with Dr Mkhize over the weekend. He namely mentions 2022. The minister needs to interpret that he does no longer judge that this investigation has anything to do with ANC politics or as referred to in the article, ‘2022’,” the assertion reads.
The effectively being ministry added in the assertion that it used to be Mkhize who “told the DG [director-general] to habits an just investigation after receiving the AG [auditor-general] file that in point of fact useful that the division must demand conceivable overcharging by Digital Vibes”.
“It used to be furthermore the minister who briefed [the] president [Cyril Ramaphosa] about this investigation, thereafter the SIU publicly announced that it could well most likely most likely doubtless exhaust an already novel proclamation making an strive into issues of Covid-19 contracts malfeasance.
“In any match, even sooner than the SIU took over the investigation, the division of effectively being had initiated its beget investigation. It is a ways due to this truth disingenuous to insist that here’s linked to any political contestation. At no level has the minister blamed the president for this investigation,” the assertion reads.
It concluded by saying that Mkhize used to be co-working with the investigation, “and must gathered be certain that the division continues to do its work in rolling out the vaccination programme and puts the mandatory measures in effect to mitigate the likelihood of the third wave”.