Over R1 million Spent On Shopping And Home Upgrades Through Digital Vibes, Says SIU

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has once again made a finding on the former Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize. The SIU has found that over R1 million on the Digital Vibes account was spent on shopping and home upgrades. 

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The Investigation reveals that over R1 million was spent in shopping and home upgrades using the company’s bank account. 

The SIU has also said even though it has already handed over the report on the Digital Vibes probe to President Cyril Ramaphosa, investigators continue to collect more evidence.

Its alleged that Tahera Mather, the Digital Vibes co-owner spent the money on expensive luxuries through the crucial COVID-19 communication campaigns tender funds. 

The reports also said that some funds were used for holiday vacations in Turkey during the pandemic period when travelling was restricted. 
More findings has revealed that Mather paid municipal bills and private security to look after her property, grocery bills, renovations to her house and expensive kitchen appliances.

SIU said Mather has spent over R90 000 on expensive shopping at a Gucci store. Its further reported that R100 million was channeled to associate parties in the alleged looting companies and accounts controlled by Mather and her family. 

The reports say Mkhize’s personal assistant also benefitted from the alleged Digital Vibes corruption.
The SIU investigation is also aimed at recovering some of the money that was channeled to Digital Vibes through dishonest means by the former Minister of Health. 

Mkhize resigned in August after being placed on special leave by Cyril Ramaphosa, pending the Digital Vibes tender corruption. 

The R150 million tender was granted by the Department of Health to Digital Vibes for communication purposes relating to Covid-19 campaigns. 

The SIU found that the due processes to award the tender to digital vibes were not followed, and that Mkhize was related to the Digital Vibes Owners. 

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