SIU Report Reveals Damning Evidence Against Former Health Minister

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently published the much-anticipated Special Investigating Unit's report into the Digital Vibes scandal. The report revealed, among other things, that former health minister Zweli Mkhize lied to the nation about his involvement in the tender process.

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The past two days have proven to be difficult for former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize as President Cyril Ramaphosa authorized the publication of the Special Investigative Unit's (SIU) report into the Digital Vibes scandal.

According to the report, former Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, lied to the nation and the President when he assured the country a few months ago that he was not involved in the process of awarding a R150m tender to media company, Digital Vibes.

The SIU also found that Mkhize abused his oversight duties and made irregular appointments, some of which included his friends.

Furthermore, the report found that Mkhize's family financially benefited from the controversial contract when his son received benefits from Digital Vibes boss, Tahera Mather, and that the company failed to declare company tax and VAT.

According to Daily Maverick Investigative journalist Pieter Louis Myburgh, who first broke the story, Mkhize also pressured the former Health Director-General, Precious Matsoso in 2019, to award the contract to Digital Vibes.

The SIU has also called for criminal prosecution procedures to be instituted against Health Director-General Dr Anban Pillay for money laundering as he has been found to have contravened multiple procurement processes in doing so. 

Pillay is also cited to have been among the players who made sure that Digital Vibes Deviated from the standard bidding process when allocating the tender to Digital Vibes.

However, since the SIU does not have the capacity to enact criminal prosecutions, the investigation will not be referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

In reaction to the report, the Democratic Alliance is calling for law enforcement agencies to take action and act on the report's recommendations as it says that is a process that is long overdue.

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