- In the face of a PPE tender scandal Khusela Diko has taken a leave of absence
- This comes after it emerged that her husband scored a R125 million tender with the Gauteng Department of Health
- Diko will now be temporarily be replaced by Tyrone Seale as President Ramaphosa's spokesperson
President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko has opted to take a leave of absence.
In a statement issued by the Presidency, it was confirmed that this is in relation to recent allegations levied against her:
"The Spokesperson to the President, Ms Khusela Diko, has requested The Presidency to allow her to take leave of absence from all official roles in government, pending investigations on recent allegations involving her and her husband in tender irregularities in the Gauteng Department of Health."
The Office of the Presidency has approved this request, in light of the allegations against her:
"The Minister in The Presidency, who is her immediate supervisor, as well as the President of the Republic, have accepted her request for leave of absence whilst the allegations are being investigated."
The Presidency has appointed Mr Tyrone Seale to act in the position of Spokesperson to the President whilst Ms Diko is on leave.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a report has alleged that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko and her husband have benefited from the government's multibillion-rand effort to supply Covid-19 personal protective equipment.
Diko's husband, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko's company Royal Bhaca Projects was handed R125 million in contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health.
Royal Bhaca secured two contracts to the tune of R47 million and R78 million to supply and deliver PPE to the department.
Diko also serves as a member of the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee. The contracts were part of the R2.2 billion in PPE tenders handed out by the Gauteng Health Department just days after Ramaphosa announced the lockdown.
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