South African health minister placed “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 stated in a declaration.
“The Special Investigating Unit is investigating this matter and the President awaits a report on the outcome of this probe,” the declaration continued, including that Tourist Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will take control of the health portfolio in the interim.
The scandal around the Digital Vibes agreement has actually been controling headings in the nation for weeks and stimulated require Mkhize to resign.
Ahead of Ramaphosa’s statement, Mkhize made a declaration to journalism stating “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 stated.
Mkhize stated an internal report revealed on May 26 had actually discovered “irregularities in the contract and overcharging or fruitless expenditure in that contract” however firmly 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 actually discussed his possible resignation, Mkhize stated “we have not discussed the issue of resignation we’ve discussed the issue special leave pending the report of the SIU.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.