ANC orders Masuku to step aside: Probe launched amid tender scandal

ANC orders Masuku to step aside: Probe launched amid tender scandal

- The Gauteng ANC PEC has decided that Dr Bandile Masuku should step aside in the wake of corruption allegations

- The matter has since been referred to the party's Integrity Commission with a deadline of four weeks handed down

- This comes after the Gauteng Health MEC was tied in with Khusela Diko's Covid-19 tender scandal after their close bond came to light

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The Gauteng ANC recently held a special Provincial Executive Council meeting to determine Dr Bandile Masuku's fate. The decision reached saw the Gauteng Health MEC told to step aside from his post after allegations of tender corruption surfaced against him.

The ANC Integrity Commission has now been given a deadline of four weeks to deliberate over the situation and determine if the MEC's role implicates him in wrongdoing.

The Gauteng Health Department was recently accused of handing a R125 million Covid-19 PPE tender to Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko's husband.

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The ANC PEC has resolved that the Health MEC should step aside amid the scandal. Image: GCIS
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Diko has since opted to take a leave of absence from the role in order to clear her name in the scandal, while the ties between Masuku and Diko called into question the motives for the tender being approved in the first place.

Masuku had denied any wrongdoing, calling on the government to act immediately on any evidence of illicit activity on his part. Both the Economic Freedom Fighters and COSATU had called for the MEC's resignation in the wave of backlash levied against Masuku.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that the Diko family had admitted that the Gauteng Department of Health had indeed granted the tender to supply PPE during the pandemic.

The family claimed that when they realised their mistake, steps were taken to cancel the contract, adamant that no funds had been exchanged during the agreement.

As for their relationship with the Masuku family, the couple claimed it predated any political positions:

"The ties between the Diko and Masuku families predate the public office positions that are occupied by the respective members of both families. We have never hidden the relationship, as evidenced by various social media posts that have been referenced by the media. These family ties have been based on mutual respect and values that we uphold."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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