- Recent reports by established media publications have revealed that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize released a statement denying allegations that he blamed the president for the SIU probe
- Dr Mkhize reportedly released the statement through the Department of Health in which he said the Digital Vibes matter had nothing to do with ANC politics
- The minister also denied allegations that he spoke to African National Congress members in Pietermaritzburg about him being targetted due to contesting for presidency of the party
Minister of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize denied reports that meetings were held with African National Congress leaders over the Digital Vibes saga. He also denied allegations that he blamed the president for trying to push potential presidential contenders out.
Reports say that the minister denied that he addressed members of the ANC in Pietermaritzburg about him allegedly running for ANC presidency. Mkhize stated that he had not spoken about being 'targetted' for the aforementioned reasons.
A media publication reported over the weekend that an insider who attended the meeting revealed that Mkhize was allegedly attempting to gain support within the ANC.
The alleged insider
According to TimesLIVE, the publication that shared the news about the insider, Mkhize is under pressure following the issues with Digital Vibes, a business run by close associates of the minister's - Tahera Mather and Naddhira Mitha.
TimesLIVE reported that the insider explained to them that Mkhize told the leaders of the region that he was allegedly being targeted due to him being a person who will potentially contest the presidency in 2022.
EWN confirmed that the minister released a statement through the Department of Health explaining that at no point had he blamed President Cyril Ramaphosa for the Digital Vibes investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
ANC Integrity Committee
Briefly News previously reported that 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.
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