Ambition, passion, and resilience are among the key qualities that would best describe Khusela Diko. The iron-lady has gradually risen to the heights of her career to earn the most coveted positions. Her loyalty to the ANC must have played a significant role in carving the lady that she is. Would you like to know more about her? How about reading on to find out more details about her?
Khusela Diko spent the better part of her career as the ANC communications manager. She diligently served this position, picking calls from the media, and waded her way to become the head of communications and the spokesperson of the president. Even though she is serving one of the top-notch positions, she is pursuing her LLB. How about digging into more details about the lady that is setting standards?
Khusela Diko profile
- Real name: Khusela Diko
- Place of birth: Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa
- Profession: Head of Communications and Spokesperson to the President of South Africa
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Bhaca King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko
- Twitter: KhuselaS
- Instagram: khuselas
Khusela Diko biography
She was born to a family that was passionate about the law, and her father and brother ran a law firm. The firm was known to train some of the best legal minds in the country. It also represented most of the activist of the anti-apartheid rule in the 1980s. With such a background, it was paramount that at one point, she would pursue the career; hence, she is currently pursuing her LLB degree.
Khusela Diko age
She is forty years old, although she would easily pass for a twenty-eight-year-old.
Khusela Diko education
She is an alumnus of the University of South Africa where she pursued her Bachelor's degree in Commerce. She is currently pursuing her LLB degree.
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Khusela Diko wedding
Khusela got married in December 2018 in a royal wedding that captured the attention of the whole country. The two-day wedding started on 14th December in Qokolweni village, the bride's home. The wedding attracted hundreds of guests from all parts of the country. The guests were dressed in traditional regalia, and it was dubbed as the best traditional wedding of the year. The second day of the wedding took place in kwaBhaca, the groom's home.
Among those that were in attendance at the wedding were the Minister of Public Works, Deputy Minister of the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, among others. The members of the ANC party, as well as the royalties, also graced the occasion.
Khusela Diko husband
She is married to the royal family. The name of her husband is Bhaca King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, who is the reigning king of the Amabhaca tribe.
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Khusela Diko husband tender
On 19th July 2020, the Sunday Independent revealed that Royal Bhaca Projects (RB) is among the beneficiaries of multibillion-rand tenders. According to the report, the company is owned by Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, and it was awarded two contracts on 30th March and 1st April, by the Gauteng Department of Health. The worth of the contract is R125 million, and it was awarded for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
According to the internal memos, quotations, and other official documents, Royal Bhaca had secured two tenders for the supply of the PPEs, and the worths of the two tenders were R47m and R78m, respectively. These details were revealed after the Special Investigating Unit dug into details to reveal the seventy-five beneficiaries of the tenders worth R2.2 billion. This investigation came after the Gauteng Department of Health paid inflated prices for the supply of the PPEs.
The canceled contract
During an interview that was held through a phone call, Thandisizwe Diko revealed that he was not paid, even though he offered the service. He went further to state that the contract had been cancelled, saying:
Maybe they can provide reasons for that. But it was just cancelled. It’s amazing that there can be an assertion that there is R139 million that RB has with the department currently. It just doesn’t make sense
A commitment letter of R78 million not R139 million was received. The Department cancelled the commitment letter at my request after realising that there could be a perception of a potential conflict of interest as you now allege.
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Conflicting details on the expenditure report
Even though Thandisizwe Diko denies the allegations that his company was awarded the two tenders, the expenditure report stated otherwise. The report provided by the Gauteng Department of Health revealed that the Royal Bhaca was awarded a tender worth R47 million on 30th March and another one worth R78 million on 1st April 2020. The first contract was signed by the chief director for the supply chain and asset management, Thandi Pino, on 30th March.
According to the report, the tenders were for the supply of 1 million biohazard bags, 500,000 dust masks, surgical masks, and sanitisers. The concern was that the prices that the companies were charging the department for the supply of the goods. For instance, the Royal Bhaca charged the department R85 per 500 ml of the Actigerm alcohol sanitiser whose regulated price is R46.37, R58 for a surgical mask whose regulated price is R12.48, and R7 for a medical waste bag that costs R1.80.
Did Khusela influence the award of the tenders?
There have been allegations that Khusela's political status and position influenced her husband landing the tenders. However, when asked to comment on the subject, she made the following remarks:
I believe that my husband has already responded to you on this matter.
He did engage me after he had received the commitment letter to supply PPEs to the Gauteng Department of Health and I expressed my reservations on him doing business with the provincial government. My understanding is the commitment letter was subsequently cancelled and no money was paid to him,
The EFF's reaction to the matter
The members of the EFF have expressed their concern about the inconsistencies in the matter. They have called for the dismissal of Khusela from her position and a probe in the tender process. The party members allege that the company was swiftly awarded the tenders because of Khusela's proximity to the presidency.
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Khusela Diko contact number
If you wish to reach out to her, you can do so through her social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Alternatively, you can do so through her telephone number or email:
- Telephone number: +27 12 308 1450
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, Khusela Diko is facing a challenging moment as she is on the verge of being dragged into a murky situation. How will she cleanse her name regarding the allegations that her husband has been linked with?
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