SHARE THIS PAGE!
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize will be appearing before Parliament’s Health Committee on Friday morning to respond to allegations of his involvement in the irregular Digital Vibes contract.
National Assembly House Committee Chairperson and Chair of Committee Chairpersons Cedrick Frolick has confirmed to the SABC that Mkhize will appear before the committee.
Frolick says he has approved a committee request for Mkhize to appear before the Health Committee early on Friday morning.
Pressure has been mounting that President Cyril Ramaphosa should act against Mkhize following his latest admission that the awarding of a R150-million tender to communications company, Digital Vibes was irregular. The tender was for services related to the National Health Insurance scheme and government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frolick says a virtual meeting with Mkhize and the Health Parliamentary Committee will take place at 8 o’clock on Friday morning.
DA lays criminal charges against Mkhize
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow Minister of Health, Siviwe Gwarube, has laid criminal charges against Mkhize at the Cape Town Central Police Station.
She has also laid charges of contravening the Public Finance Management Act against Health Department Director-General Doctor Sandile Buthelezi.
The company employed Mkhize’s former spokesperson and alleged family friend, Tahera Mather, and the Minister’s former assistant, Naadhira Mitha.
DA lays criminal charge against Dr Zweli Mkhize:
Ramaphosa dealing with allegations
On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he’s dealing with allegations around Zweli Mkhize and the irregular R150 million Digital Vibes contract.
There has been mounting pressure from the DA and other parties for Mkhize to step down or be removed by Ramaphosa.
The President said the allegations are serious and need to be investigated thoroughly by law enforcement agencies and that due process will be followed once the investigations are finalised.
“There are serious allegations which need to be investigated by the SIU and any other appropriate authority and be finalised without delay.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he’s dealing with allegations against Dr Zweli Mkhize: