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Diko found guilty of failing to disclose financial interests

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Office of the Presidency says it has concluded a disciplinary process of former spokesperson Khusela Diko’s conduct.

Diko took leave of absence last year June amid allegations of tender irregularities at the Gauteng Department of Health.

The former spokesperson and her late husband, AmaBhaca King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, were implicated in a report by the Sunday Independent. The report also linked former Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife Loyiso Lugayeni-Masuku to a R125 million tender for protective gear. 

Diko was found guilty of failing to disclose her financial interests.

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says Diko was given  a written warning.

“The action taken by the Presidency management was in compliance with a recommendation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that Ms Diko be disciplined for her failure to disclose certain interests.  This recommendation arose from an SIU investigation into government’s procurement of COVID-19 personal protective equipment,” said Gungubele

Diko, who is on maternity leave, will also be redeployed to a different position.

Gungubele said Mr Tyrone Seale will continue as acting Spokesperson to the president.

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