- Deputy President David Mabuza is in good health in his Mpumalanga home despite speculation to the contrary
- This comes after a report detailed how Mabuza has not been truly cleared by the ANC's Integrity Committee
- The deputy president is reportedly still facing allegations of criminal activity dating back to his time as premier
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Deputy President David Mabuza is recovering at home according to a statement issued by his office. The statement noted concerns over Mabuza's health and sought to clarify rumours to the contrary:
“The Office of the Deputy President has received numerous calls from concerned South Africans regarding the health status of Deputy President David Mabuza. We would like to assure South Africans that the Deputy President is at home and well. Anything contrary to this is a malicious and unfortunate rumour."
This comes after a City Press reported detailed that the deputy president had in fact not been cleared by the ANC's Integrity Committee on wrongdoings during his time as Mpumalanga Premier.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has voiced her distress over the Mabuza matter being handled in a hurry due to his swearing-in being postponed:
“The morning after the inauguration, front-page newspaper headlines said the deputy president had been cleared by the Integrity Committee.”
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Mabuza's office, on the other hand, insists that the deputy president had willingly presented himself to the probe. Allegations over the politician putting pressure on the committee were dismissed in the statement:
“At no point did he put pressure on anyone as he had already declined to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament with a cloud over his head. It would, therefore, be amiss and undesirable to comment on such assertions. That is why we believe the ANC is capable of commenting on its processes."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Khusela Diko and her husband Madzikane Diko have threatened to sue Independent Media after it released a report on the couple's Covid-19 PPE tender scandal.
Royal Bhaca Projects, owned by Madzikane, was green-lighted by the Gauteng Department of Health for a R125 million tender to supply PPE.
The couple had been faced with immense public backlash over the situation and later claimed that it had cancelled the contract after realising their mistake.
However, IOL reported that they had received a minimum of R80 million using a front company called Ledla Structural Development. The invoices, according to the report, bear a resemblance in numerous ways to the contract that sparked the scandal in the first place.
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