- Andile Ramaphosa is at the centre of immense speculation in the mess that is Covid-19 relief funding
- The president's son was part of a R6 million project to help provide taxis with ventilation technology
- Now, questions have been raised over where the funding for this project came from in the first place
On the surface, Andile Ramaphosa has done his bit in the fight against Covid-19 by helping prevent the transmission of the virus in Gauteng taxis.
One of the companies co-founded by President Cyril Ramaphosa's son provided ventilation technology in a R6 million project. However, amid increasing allegations of corruption in connection to relief funding, people are wondering if the state ultimately paid the bill.
Business Insider reports that the technology aims to prevent taxi passengers from being infected amid laws that demand windows remain open despite the winter cold.
The ventilators in question are fitted to the windows of the vehicle to increase airflow with a plastic partition also installed to keep drivers and passengers separated.
While FNB and the Bridge Taxi Force have supported Ramaphosa's non-profit organisation, it hasn't stopped speculation that foul play is afoot.
Democratic Alliance shadow minister Leon Schreiber has called for transparency, highlighting the importance of disclosing how the project was funded:
“Did Ramaphosa’s son get any state support in any form for this? Who are the “media alliance partners” he brags about in the advert? According to the company, SDI Force ‘has also been involved in providing food parcels and personal protective equipment’. We need more clarity.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa's office was hit with a scandal over allegations of irregularities in connection to Covid-19 relief funding.
Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko has taken a leave of absence after it emerged that her husband had allegedly scored a R125 million PPE tender just days after the relief fund was announced.
The situation has also seen increasing calls for Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku to resign over his close relationship with the Diko family.
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