- David Makhura has reportedly decided to strip Bandile Masuku of his position as Gauteng Health MEC
- The Gauteng Premier met with top ANC officials on Friday to announce his decision over Masuku's future at the helm of the department
- This comes in connection with allegations of abuse of power and corruption in relation to the Diko family's Covid-19 PPE scandal
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura has opted to strip Health MEC Bandile Masuku of his position in response to scandals connected with Covid-19 relief.
Makhura had met with African National Congress leadership in order to discuss the embattled MEC's fate and evidently determined to cut ties with Masuku.
This comes after a Special Investigations Unit report blamed Masuku as the responsible party for the personal protective equipment scandal that prompted him to voluntarily step aside.
Instead, Masuku is reportedly set to be redeployed to Gauteng legislature with sources close to the premier saying that he had been 'left with no choice' but to act in light of the allegations against him, reports News24.
Newzroom Afrika reported that investigator Paul O'Sullivan had looked into the matter and actually absolved Masuku of any wrongdoing.
The confidential forensic report put forward by O'Sullivan had pointed out that Masuku had been unaware that Thandisizwe Diko, presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko's husband, would be submitting a bid on the tender.
The report detailed how the two had never actually done business together despite both being directors of a shelf company with the intention of possibly doing business in the future.
The report noted that the MEC actually had no real motive to request an audit if he had indeed been involved in illicit activity as alleged:
"There is no evidence that Dr Masuku interfered in any PPE procurement process. His stated motivation for being 'involved' was in delivery rather than procurement and solely to ensure that the Gauteng Department of Health did not run out of essential PPE, thereby endangering life of medical staff or patients."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the scandal had erupted when it emerged that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson's husband had managed to secure a tender worth millions with the Gauteng Department of Health to supply PPE.
The resulting fallout had prompted both Diko and Masuku to step aside from their posts in order to clear their names.
To date, Masuku denies using his political power to secure the deal for the family with whom he shares a friendship dating back to 2016.
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