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South African well being minister positioned “on special leave” pending investigation into awarding of contracts

“This period of special leave will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes,” Ramaphosa mentioned in an announcement.

“The Special Investigating Unit is investigating this matter and the President awaits a report on the outcome of this probe,” the assertion continued, including that Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will take over the well being portfolio within the interim.

The scandal across the Digital Vibes contract has been dominating headlines within the nation for weeks and sparked requires Mkhize to resign.

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Ahead of Ramaphosa’s announcement, Mkhize made an announcement to the press saying “I fully acknowledge and take personal responsibility for the public outrage that has been caused by this Digital Vibes contract.”

“The negative discourse has not only affected and had an impact on me, but it also had impact on my family. But most of all it has tainted the teamwork of our government that is led by the president in the continued efforts to fight the Covid-19 situation. It’s also caused a bit of disruption, and for all of this I want to unreservedly apologize.” Mkhize mentioned.

Mkhize mentioned an inside report introduced on May 26 had discovered “irregularities in the contract and overcharging or fruitless expenditure in that contract” however insisted that he personally “had no role to play in the award of the contract and there was no personal benefit.”

Asked if he and the president had mentioned his doable resignation, Mkhize mentioned “we have not discussed the issue of resignation we’ve discussed the issue special leave pending the report of the SIU.”

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