Amid tender irregularity claims, president spokesperson Diko on leave of absence
JOHANNESBURG - Minisiter in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has announced the president's spokesperson Khusela Diko has requested and been granted a leave of absence.
This comes pending investigations into allegations that Diko and her husband were involved in tender irregularities in the Gauteng Department of Health.
Last week, a local newspaper reported how a R124 million tender was awarded to Royal Bhaca Projects – owned by Amabaca King Madzikazi II Thandisizwe, who is the husband of Diko.
The Presidency has appointed Tyrone Seale to act in the position of spokesperson to the President while Diko is on leave.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said: "Ms Khusela Diko, the spokesperson of the president, has requested leave of absence of office. It was granted by the president and minister in the presidency."
Diko said she was taking a leave of absence so that the work of the Presidency would not be undermined by the allegations against her and her husband, especially as the country battles COVID-19.
In a statement, Diko said she would relinquish her roles in government, pending the outcome of investigations into the awarding of two contracts to Royal Bhaca Projects. Diko and her husband insist these tenders were subsequently cancelled.
The news comes as a high-level Gauteng provincial meeting got under way on Monday evening to discuss corruption allegations involving Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife.
African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng secretary Jacob Khawe met with Premier David Makhura and all those involved in the allegations.
The party said the gathering would allow its members who were implicated in the alleged procurement of a massive PPE tender contract to give their sides of the story.
Masuku and his wife, Loyiso Lugayeni-Masuku, have been linked to the suspicious R125 million tender.
The MEC issued a statement on Monday. He denied and distanced himself from the allegations as mentioned in a _Sunday Independent _article.
The Masukus are accused of being instrumental in awarding the R124 million contract to Royala Bhaca Projects, which is connected to the husband of Diko.
The ANC in Gauteng said it also wanted to get to the bottom of the allegations of wrongdoing within the Health Department.
The party’s spokesperson Bones Modise said the meeting would determine what actions would be taken once all the relevant information was gathered.
“We’ll then prepare a view that we’ll share with the provincial office.”
Masuku and Diko are both provincial executive members of the ANC in Gauteng.
Meanwhile, there are calls to President Ramaphosa to include the alleged corruption as part of the Special Investigating Unit proclamation.
This article first appeared on EWN : Amid tender irregularity claims, president spokesperson Diko on leave of absence
The former Transnet CEO has denied the allegations and says he looks forward to appearing at the commission to give his side.Read More
EWN assignments editor Gia Nicolaides says days before the infamous massacre, 10 people were killed.Read More
Namibia's government assisted Covid-hit retailers, but SA doesn't understand how the industry works says Reggie Sibiya (FRA CEO).Read More
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has proposed that there be an interim government.Read More
The president is expected to address the nation on developments in SA's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19Read More
EWN reporter Theto Mahlakoana gives an update of a commemorative webinar dedicated to miners who died in Marikana.Read More
The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Kevin Lings, chief economist at Stanlib Asset Management.Read More
News24 parliamentary reporter Jan Gerber reflects on the court case between Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the National Assembly.Read More
Since it launched in May, the scheme's helped only 6.6% of businesses it targets. Will recent changes lead to improvement?Read More
The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Eskom's Linda Mateza about the once-off payment to its pensioners.Read More
Zozibini Tunzi is working with the women-focused insurance company to encourage them to be fearless.Read More
Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane has the details after Police Minister Bheki Cele released quarterly crime statistics.Read More
Additional talking points will be about the recently launched book 'Recession, Recovery and Reform: South Africa after Covid-19.'Read More
Brent Lindeque, the founder of Good Things Guy, says Brad Binder has really made the country happy.Read More
The Police Minister Bheki Cele released the latest available crime statistics for offences committed from April to June this year.Read More
Clement Manyathela speaks to Chris Nissen and Human Settlements Department's Yonela Diko about a court case set for next week.Read More
The power utility says the power cuts will begin at 8am and will continue until 10pm.Read More
The number of confirmed cases is 572,865. There were 260 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number to 11,270.Read More
Dr Glenda Gray has suggested that health officials go back to communities and trace hotspots areas.Read More
A Transnet security officer who was sent on errands, including picking up bags of money from the Guptas, said that he had been threatened every time he was interviewed by or testified at the Zondo Commission.Read More