Diko tender scandal: MEC defends innocence, says he asked for probe

Diko tender scandal: MEC defends innocence, says he asked for probe

- Bandile Masuku has clapped back after reports claimed that he had been personally involved in dishing out PPE tenders

- The Gauteng Health MEC is hopeful that the SIU investigation into the allegations will help clear his name

- Masuku, who stepped down amid the scandal, maintains that he is innocent of any wrongdoing

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Bandile Masuku has denied reports claiming that he had personally had a hand in awarding personal protective equipment tenders. The Gauteng Health MEC is confident that the investigation into how the department procured Covid-19 relief contracts will clear his name.

The Special Investigating Unit is currently probing a multitude of corruption and irregularity allegations against Masuku's department.

The MEC has confirmed that he has appeared before the ANC's Integrity Commission as well as the SIU itself.

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Masuku has denied any illicit behaviour, adamant that he initiated investigations. Image: Gauteng Dept of Health/ Flickr
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SowetanLIVE reports that Masuku had denied swaying procurement processes and insists he didn't ask any official to interfere on his behalf.

Embattled Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku is confident that the investigations relating to Covid-19 procurement process in his department will clear his name:

“Our client condemns the conduct of officials who may have used his name to award tenders in the department and looks forward to the legal process currently under way by the SIU, which will eventually clear his name."

eNCA reports that Masuku intends to sue anyone who attempts to defame him, insisting that he had initiated the investigation into his department's tenders.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Masuku had been forced to take a leave of absence after being accused of using his power to influence the awarding of tenders to close friends.

This news had followed shortly after it was discovered that the Diko family had been awarded R125 million in Covid-19 contracts by the department.

President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko also stepped aside after it emerged that her husband's company had secured the tender just days after lockdown was announced.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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