ANC Defends Zweli Mkhize After SIU Launches Probe into R82m Tender

ANC Defends Zweli Mkhize After SIU Launches Probe into R82m Tender

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been facing troubles after the Special Investigating Unit launched a probe into him

- The investigation comes after an anonymous tip-off about a R82 million tender associated with Mkhize

- ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile says the party will be giving Dr Mkhize the 'benefit of the doubt'

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After receiving a complaint, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) launched a formal probe into a tender awarded by the National Health Department to a company supposedly linked to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.

It was reported that a small communications company was awarded the R82 million contract. Now the African National Congress (ANC) has stated that the minister is innocent until proven guilty.

Allegedly, two of Dr Mkhize's associates had benefitted from the tender.

ANC defends Zweli Mkhize after SIU launches probe into R82m tender
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is facing an investigation by the SIU and the ANC has defended him. Image: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
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News24 reported that the SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyango said the communications company is based in KwaZulu-Natal. He added that the SIU had already started their investigations.

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A report by SABC stated that ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile says the party’s leadership will wait for Mkhize to respond to the reports. Mashatile said there was nothing to worry about and he was sure that Dr Mkhize would go to Luthuli House to explain what happened.

In other political news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said former president Jacob Zuma would 'lose nothing' by attending the Zondo Commission. Mbalula was responding to the news of the application by the State Capture Commission filing papers to have the former president arrested for contempt of court after he failed to appear before the Commission.

Mbalula wrote that the charges against Msholozi could have been avoided in response to Bantu Holomisa's tweet. Read some of the responses to Mbalula below:

@mokotediw responded with:

"What are u doing in parliament if you cant see the error of law by this Zondo? You guys are trying, by all means, to make sure that Zuma doesn't account for sabotaging this case. You want to get away with CR17 corruption by creating instability. We see you."

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@qwabe_spha said in response:

"You guys don't know how the law operates and Zuma is still one step ahead of you guys."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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