- Gauteng Premier David Makhura has released a statement in response to rumours of corruption
- The politician was accused of benefiting from PPE Covid-19 tenders and has slammed this as false
- Makhura revealed that he now intends to take legal action in a bid to clear his name
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura has released his response to rumours circulating on social media that his wife and an alleged lover had been awarded lucrative tenders.
In response to the ensuing backlash, Makhura has denied any personal links to the personal protective equipment scandal and says he intends to take legal action to clear his name.
In the statement issued by his office, Makhura was adamant that his family has never conducted business with the state:
“As a matter of principle, neither the Premier’s wife nor children do business with government, and this is a matter agreed upon when Premier Makhura joined government. The allegations are false and will not pass scrutiny.”
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These allegations were dubbed unfounded and false, especially with regards to the claim that he is having an affair with a former Gauteng Health Department employee:
“Much like the earlier fake news about the Premier’s relationship with a certain Hamilton Ndlovu, these lies will never pass the test of scrutiny by any investigation. Again, these allegations are false and those who made them do not feel any obligation to prove."
Makhura insists that these allegations were part of a smear campaign aimed at diverting attention away from corruption linked to Covid-19 relief. But the Premier says he remains as determined as ever to root out the rot:
“We will not be deterred in our fight against corruption. All those found guilty of any wrongdoing will face the full might of the law. All the crooks must face a jail term as a true reflection of our seriousness about fighting corruption."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has been placed on leave after questionable links to the Diko family emerged.
The president's spokesperson and her husband scored a hefty R125 million in PPE tenders with the provincial government, prompting accusations that their relationship with Masuku had helped them secure the deal.
Masuku will now be subjected to a probe before the ANC's Integrity Committee to determine if any illicit activity had taken place.
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