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South African well being minister positioned “on particular depart” pending investigation into awarding of contracts

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“This era of particular depart will allow the Minister to take care of allegations and investigations regarding contracts between the Division of Well being and a service supplier, Digital Vibes,” Ramaphosa mentioned in a press release.

“The Particular Investigating Unit is investigating this matter and the President awaits a report on the end result 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.

Forward of Ramaphosa’s announcement, Mkhize made a press release to the press saying “I absolutely acknowledge and take private accountability for the general public outrage that has been brought on by this Digital Vibes contract.”

“The unfavourable discourse has not solely affected and had an affect on me, however it additionally had affect on my household. However most of all it has tainted the teamwork of our authorities that’s led by the president within the continued efforts to struggle the Covid-19 state of affairs. It is also brought on a little bit of disruption, and for all of this I wish to unreservedly apologize.” Mkhize mentioned.

Mkhize mentioned an inside report introduced on Might 26 had discovered “irregularities within the contract and overcharging or fruitless expenditure in that contract” however insisted that he personally “had no function to play within the award of the contract and there was no private profit.”

Requested if he and the president had mentioned his potential resignation, Mkhize mentioned “we have now not mentioned the problem of resignation we have mentioned the problem particular depart pending the report of the SIU.”

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