South Africa’s Health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize placed on special leave

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 06: Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize visits Clairwood Hospital ahead of the expected peak in the Province on August 06, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. According to a media release, the Minister will visit a few COVID-19 facilities across the province and sit down with Provincial and District management in an attempt to better understand challenges faced by the province. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Tuesday placed Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize on special leave.

Minister of Tourism Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will serve in acting capacity Minister of Health until further notice.

In a statement, the president stated that, “this period of special leave will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes.”

He added that the Special Investigating Unit is investigating this matter and he awaits a report on the outcome of this probe.

Dr. Zweli Mhkize today made his first public appearance before the ANC’s Integrity Commission concerning the irregular R150 million Digital Vibes tender.

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