- Embattled Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, will be appearing before the ANC integrity commission
- This was confirmed by the head of the Commission, although a date has not yet been agreed on
- Mkhize is facing mounting pressure to resign after he was implicated in a dodgy tender contract worth R150 million
The ANC’s integrity commission says Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize will be appearing before the commission soon.
This is to give the embattled minister a chance to answer allegations pertaining to an irregular tender awarded to a communications company controlled by two alleged close friends.
According to the Commission chair George Mashamba, Mkhize has confirmed that he will be appearing before them, although the day has not yet been finalised. Mkhize faces mounting pressure to resign after his involvement in a R150 million irregular tender was exposed.
Although Mkhize initially denied personally benefiting from the contract, an investigation revealed that the company purchased a second-hand Toyota Land Cruiser for his son.
Zweli Mkhize fails to appear before parliament
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize did not attend a briefing by the Parliamentary Health Committee due to the ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption levelled against him. The allegations concern Mkhize's association with Digital Vibes.
The briefing of the Portfolio Committee took place on Friday, 4 May. It has been reported that Mkhize followed legal advice and did not attend.
Committee Chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo opened the meeting, where he made the announcement that Minister Mkhize would not be present.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane's legal woes continue
In similar news, legal problems are continuing to pile up against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Advocate Mkhwebane reportedly faces impeachment on a number of grounds of misconduct and incompetence.
The Constitutional Court also found that the Public Protector was dishonest and acted in bad faith in some of her findings. Mkhwebane's legal challenge to the constitutionality of Parliament's impeachment rules and process against her is expected to start on Monday, 7 June.
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