- President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane will be stepping in for Minister Zweli Mkhize while he goes on special leave
- President Ramphosa made this announcement after sharing that Mkhize will be on special leave as the Special Investigation Unit rounds off its investigation into a multi-million tender awarded to a company run by Mkhize's former associates
- The presidency also said that the investigation will offer Mkhize some time to attend to the allegations that were made against him regarding the awarding of the big tender contract
President Cyril Ramaphosa has recently announced that Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane will be stepping in as the temporary Minister of Health while current health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize goes on "special leave".
Mkhize's suspension comes after he took full responsibility for the outrage that was caused after it was heard that a multi-million rand tender was awarded to a company called Digital Vibes that belongs to former associates of Mkhize.
The new temp health minister
Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane, South Africa's Tourism Minister, will now be taking over the reins in the health department while Mkhize takes some time to attend to the allegations of his involvement in the tender irregularity, City Press reports.
Discontent over the replacement minister
Meanwhile, The South African has reported that not many are happy with Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane as the replacement since her current work as tourism minister has been less than satisfactory. Among the issues they have with Ngubane is how she handled the closing of the beaches during the lockdown and her failure to ensure businesses stay afloat while the country dealt with the pandemic.
Mkhize denies meeting with the ANC over the Digital Vibes saga
Briefly News also reported that 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.
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