- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize's son Dedani Mkhize reportedly received a second-hand vehicle from the controversial Digital Vibes company
- A report by a reputable publication stated that Digital Vibes paid a car dealership in KZN a large sum of R160 000 for a vehicle registered to Dedani
- The ongoing saga with Digital Vibes and the health minister centres around a R150 million contract the company reportedly received from the Department of Health
Recent reports have revealed that Digital Vibes purchased a vehicle for Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize's son. Documents obtained by a well-known media publication show that Digital Vibes transferred R160 000 to a car dealership in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
The money was for a 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser and the vehicle was registered under Dedani Mkhize. Social media images revealed that the vehicle is being used at a farm near PMB, owned by Dedani.
Digital Vibes has been a company name on many lips since allegations of corruption involving them and Dr Mkhize arose. Digital Vibes allegedly bagged a corrupt R150 million contract from the Department of Health.
Daily Maverick reported that the car was purchased in May 2020. The report explained that the Health Department paid a whopping R50 million to Digital Vibes at the time. The money was allegedly for 'contentious' services that were related to the National Health Insurance (NHI) as well as communication efforts in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic.
eNCA reported that Mkhize has maintained his innocence in the matter.
Previously, Briefly News reported that Digital Vibes carried out work at a property owned by Mkhize. The property is owned by Mkhize's family trust. Digital Vibes won tenders worth R150 million from the Department of Health.
May Mkhize, the health minister's wife, said she had no knowledge of the payment made for maintenance work. She is one of the trustees of the property in question. Digital Vibes reportedly made two payments of almost R7 000 for electrical work carried out by a contractor.
Digital Vibes scored the massive contract which was linked to the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme as well as for work related to the government's response to Covid-19, something the government could have done without Digital Vibes' assistance according to News24.
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