- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has welcomed the Special Investigating Unit's probe into a contract allegedly awarded to his associates
- A report was recently released revealing a company called Digital Vibes had received the R82 million tender
- Dr Mkhize addressed the National Council of Provinces where he was asked about the investigations
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s addressed the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) pertaining to the investigation of the Digital Vibes contract, a company supposedly linked to the minister.
Mkhize stated that in January he met with the Director-General where he gave Mkhize an update on the ongoing investigations at the Department. With regards to Digital Vibes, Mkhize was advised that the Auditor General had raised specific findings that were found to be irregular.
Mkhize went on to say that he was informed that the matter would be investigated and he fully supported this view and welcomed the Director-General to go ahead.
Mkhize added that he asked the Director-General to procure the services of an external independent service provider to investigate the contract.
According to News24, Mkhize promised that the results of the report would be publicised.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC had backed Mkhize after the news about the tender irregularities broke. It was reported by the Daily Maverick that a small communications company, Digital Vibes, 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.
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.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday, 26 February. Bongo was cleared of charges after being accused of attempting to derail a parliamentary inquiry into Eskom.
Bongo had allegedly offered a cash bribe to the evidence leader Ntuthuselo Vanara, who was part of a Public Enterprises Portfolio committee.
Reports say that the former minister's legal representatives stated that there sufficient evidence had not been presented in court on Monday. Bongo had incessantly denied the allegations against him and it worked out in his favour.
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