Digital Vibes Update: R1 Million Allegedly Used To Fund Mkhize's Son, Daughter in Law Beauty Salons

Digital Vibes Update: R1 Million Allegedly Used To Fund Mkhize's Son, Daughter in Law Beauty Salons

  • Probes into the Digital Vibes R150 million saga reveal that the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize's son and daughter-in-law received funding from the company to start businesses
  • Mkhize's daughter-in-law opened up a nail salon at a Pietermaritzburg mall in December 2020 while his son opened a hair salon months later
  • Investigations also show that expenses on Dendani's farm in Pietermaritzburg were covered by Digital Vibes

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Further probe into the Digital Vibes R150 million illegal contract shows that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's Son Dendani Mkhize and his wife Sthoko Mkhize received approximately R1 million to open up beauty salons.

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Health Minister's son Dendani and his wife Sthoko allegedly received approximately R1 million from Digital Vibes to fund their businesses. Image: Phill Magakoe / AFP
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Daily Maverick's Scorpio reports that Mkhize's daughter-in-law launched her Tammy Taylor Nails franchise at Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg in December 2020.

The franchise's initial start-up costs were at least R650 000, which came from the Department of Health via the Digital Vibes illegal contract.

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Dedani Mkhize co-owns a new hair business named Gold Ace Cuts and Curls, which received R446 000 from the R150 million deal. The business is situated at a shopping centre close to his wife's Tammy Taylor Nail Salon according to the Daily Maverick.

Some of the monies from the Digital Vibes contract were tracked to one of Dendani's companies and were used to finance bills for his farm in Pietermaritzburg.

News24 reports Digital Vibes accounts have been frozen after the Special Investigating Unit managed to obtain an order to freeze R22 million associated with the company's accounts.

An initial probe into the Department of Health and Digital vibes revealed that two very irregular and illegal transactions had taken place.

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Briefly News previously reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and his son Dedani could possibly face criminal charges for their involvement in the Digital Vibes corruption scandal.

They have been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority by the Special Investigating Unit and could face charges of corruption for suspicious payments they allegedly received from the company.

Mkhize is said to have received R6 720 for maintenance at his Bryanston home while his son Dedani is said to have received R3.8 million from Digital Vibes.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has filed court papers with the Special Tribunal on Thursday where they stated that they had every intention to retrieve the R150 million that was erroneously awarded to Digital Vibes, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

Mkhize and his son are among the 20 people to whom Digital Vibes paid R90 million of the R150 million it earned from the unlawful tender contract from the Department of Health.

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