President places Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on special leave

President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize on special leave from today.

According to the Presidency, this period will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes.

The Special Investigating Unit is also investigating this matter while I’m the President awaits a report on the outcome of this probe.

Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will serve as Acting Minister of Health until further notice.

The Special Investigating Unit will take legal action to have the irregular R150m communications tender awarded to health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s alleged close associate cancelled and the monies lost recovered.

This was announced by the head of the investigating unit, Andy Mothibi, during a briefing to the SA National Editors Forum on Thursday regarding the outcomes of their investigations.

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