SIU to investigate tender irregularities involving Zweli Mkhize's associates
The _Daily Maverick_has reported that the Department of Health has awarded an R82 million contract to a small KwaZulu-Natal communications company called Digital Vibes for COVID-19 projects.
The company then used Mkhize's long-serving personal assistant Tahera Mather and close associate Naadhira Mitha, as paid consultants.
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has told Eyewitness News that it received a formal complaint regarding tenders awarded by the national Health Department to a company linked to Mkhize’s close associates and will investigate.
Mandy Wiener on The Midday Report chats to Daily Maverick, Scorpio investigative journalist Pieter- Louis Myburgh to give more insight on the matter.
In short, the department in late 2019 through a closed process awarded a communications contract to Digital Vibes for the NHI rollout. When COVID-19 came around, the department extended the scope of work for the contract and they took over the coronavirus communications within the department.Pieter- Louis Myburgh, Scorpio investigative journalist - Daily Maverick
He says the Auditor-General flagged the tender as irregular as the department used a closed tender process instead of an open one.
He adds that for a communications company, Digital Vibes has no website and its business address is listed as a residential property in KwaZulu-Natal.
Listen below to the full conversation:
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