- COSATU Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla has called for MEC Bandile Masuku to resign in the midst of corruption allegations
- This comes after the Gauteng Health MEC was linked to an alleged PPE tender scandal in his province
- The EFF has also joined the calls for Masuku's resignation as the pressure mounts for the politician
Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku is facing mounting calls for his resignation amid allegations of corruption linked to Covid-19 tenders.
Both COSATU and the EFF have signalled their dismay over the scandal linked to the MEC and President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko, with alleged close bonds between the pair.
While Masuku has strongly denied allegations of any wrongdoing, COSATU spokesperson Sizwe Pamla insists immediate action should be taken:
“The ANC manifesto was very clear that individuals who are implicated in this kind of scandals should step aside until they've managed to clear themselves.
"All we will recommend for the ANC to do is honour the commitment that was made to the people of South Africa by asking him to step aside until such time he has been able to clear himself."
The EFF has voiced similar views on the situation, demanding that the MEC should resign:
“We call on the MEC to immediately vacate his office to allow for the SIU investigation into Gauteng Health, as well as, his chief of staff. It cannot be that a company owned by Diko’s husband is awarded a tender swiftly after the announcement of the national lockdown and no undue influence was gained as a result of his proximity to the MEC."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Khusela Diko has opted to take a leave of absence over allegations that her husband scored a R125 million Covid-19 PPE tender in Gauteng.
The Office of the Presidency had confirmed that this move was fuelled by the scandal, which raised speculation of a possible conflict of interest due to her proximity to President Ramaphosa.
"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."
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