- President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to queries over the future facing his spokesperson Khusela Diko
- This after Diko took leave from her post amid allegations of corruption concerning Covid-19 relief funds
- Now, Diko faces disciplinary processes over irregularities concerning her financial interests
The Office of the Presidency says that it has been flooded with enquiries over Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko.
The Special Investigating Unit has been probing allegations of irregularities concerning the Gauteng Department of Health.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Presidency noted that the SIU recommended processes against the spokesperson:
"During its investigation, the SIU did however identify a concern regarding Ms Diko’s duty to disclose all her financial interests. On the basis of a referral from the SIU on her failure to disclose her financial interests, the Presidency has decided to initiate an internal disciplinary process against Ms Diko."
The Presidency says that these processes will determine Diko's fate as far as her position is concerned:
"The relevant processes prescribed in the Public Service Regulations and related documents will be triggered and handled by the Acting Director-General of the Presidency, including consideration of whether Ms Diko remains on special leave or is formally suspended pending the disciplinary process."
Mr Tyrone Seale will, until further notice, continue as the acting spokesperson for the President.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a report has alleged that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko and her husband have benefited from the government's multibillion-rand effort to supply Covid-19 personal protective equipment.
Diko's husband, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko's company Royal Bhaca Projects was handed R125 million in contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health, according to the Sunday Independent.
Royal Bhaca secured two contracts to the tune of R47 million and R78 million to supply and deliver PPE to the department.
Diko also serves as a member of the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee. The contracts were part of the R2.2 billion in PPE tenders handed out by the Gauteng Health Department just days after Ramaphosa announced the lockdown.
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