Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Department of Health has asked the public to give it space and time amid investigations of corruption.
This is after Mkhize announced in a media briefing on Wednesday morning that the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) has found that the department’s involvement with a media company (Digital Vibes) that was responsible for the department’s communication was irregular.
It is reported that the Department had allegedly paid Digital Vibes R150-million for services related to the National Health Insurance and government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize is accused of having a hand in the irregular procurement processes of the Covid-19 tender.
Mkhize’s former personal spokesperson, Tahera Mather, and former personal assistant, Naadhira Mitha, are allegedly reported to control the company.
SIU head Andy Mothibi said the probe into the corruption by the department of health is in the advanced stage.
“The allegations were that there were irregularities in the procurement of services by the National Department of Health of a certain company that was provided to do the communications work there,” said Mothibi.
Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to step aside pending the outcome of SIU investigation into the Health Department’s.
The department of health said it was cooperating with investigations.
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