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Mkhize Looks to Integrity Commission for Solutions

Mkhize Looks to Integrity Commission for Solutions

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has written to the African National Congress (ANC)’s integrity commission requesting a meeting to defend himself and state his case.  Calls for the embattled Mkhize’s removal are growing in the country over his department’s involvement in the Digital Vibes scandal.

George Mashamba, the commission’s chairperson, said that it received a letter from the Health minister on Saturday in which he asks for an opportunity to explain his role in the allegations. At the center of the scandal is a R150 million irregular tender that Mkhize’s department awarded to Digital Vibes, a company linked to some of his closest associates. The minister’s son is also shown to have benefited from the proceeds.

As the president deals with the matter involving Mkhize, some of his own comrades have been at pains dissecting the story behind the recent allegations. According to some insiders, the timing of the expose speaks to the ANC’s elective conference next year, where Mkhize might have been a strong contender for deputy president of the ANC. Some have however refused to weigh in on what’s really at play and whether or not the minister will resign. They are calling for the party to be left out of the matter.

They claim that the appointment of ministers was the president’s prerogative and he must deal with the fallout personally.   Meanwhile, the ANC’s integrity commission chair said that they met over the weekend to discuss the scandal.

“The secretary gave us a letter from Zweli Mkhize requesting that he wants to come and see us,” Mashamba said.

 


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