Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate Dr. Zweli Mkhize, the Health Minister leading the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic for alleged improper conduct.
DA says it will write to President Ramaphosa to institute a Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to probe Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize implicated in an alleged illegal COVID-19 related contract.
DA’s request follows a report published by Daily Maverick’s investigation, revealing shocking findings that the Health Minister is improperly awarded a contract by the Department of Health.
According to a report, said DA Shadow Minister of Health, Siviwe Gwarube, the investigation has found that long-time personal associates of Minister Mkhize allegedly pocketed COVID-19 funds following the appointment as consultants of a KwaZulu-Natal company.
“Digital Vibes was allegedly paid R82 million to supply COVID-19 -related services to the Department.”
There can’t be the cloud of doubts hanging over Minister Mkhize’s head about possible abuse of state resources while putting our hopes on him, leading the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The DA has noted that the Department of Health has launched an investigation into these allegations, however, we are of the view that any investigation should be independent and free from any possible internal influence,” said Gwarube adding that his party will ask President Ramaphosa to institute SIU to investigate these “very serious” allegations.
“Corruption during this COVID-19 pandemic has reached crisis levels. We have seen politicians use their influence and proximity to certain individuals to improperly award contracts; siphon public money and not be held accountable for their crimes,” said Gwarube.
Gwarube said is important for the President to act swiftly and ensure the facts regarding the alleged improper contract are exposed and to make sure those found guilty of this egregious crime are held accountable.