ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out for the first time about the R150 million Digital Vibes contract with the Department of Health and the involvement of the former Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. President Ramaphosa has finally released the Special Investigating Unit’s report which directly implicates Mkhize.
The report found that Mkhize’s family and his former associates have received undue benefits from Digital Vibes. Ramaphosa says this is a matter of concern. He was addressing the media at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg.
The issue of the Digital Vibes that we took too long and so on, we didn’t fire the minister. I have to say that it may look like we took too long [but] the SIU had to issue a number of iterations of their report.
“They came with the first version and then they continued [sending other versions]. That one was to say we are making progress, but we still need further work to be done. Then they went back and did further work – and then when their work was completed, we knew what the layer of the land was,” explains President Ramaphosa.
Meanwhile, the GOOD party has welcomed the release of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into the Digital Vibes Communications Contract with the Department of Health, and encourages the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to act swiftly against those implicated in the report.
In August, Dedani Mkhize, son of the former Health Minister, complained that the unit should have served him with papers before it went to the Special Tribunal. This was after it emerged that he allegedly collected boxes and parcels stuffed with cash from one of the key figures in the corruption saga involving Digital Vibes.
According to documents the SIU filed at the Special Tribunal, Mkhize repeatedly met with Digital Vibes Director Radha Hariram at a fuel station in Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly collected cash directly linked to the department’s contract.
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