MOSCOW (Sputnik) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday decided to put Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave amid accusations of corruption concerning COVID-19-related contracts.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Tuesday, 08 June 2021 placed Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize on special leave,” the president’s office said in a statement.
According to the statement, during this period the minister will assist with the investigations into the placement of government contracts with a service provider, Digital Vibes.
The health ministry previously awarded a contract worth 150 million South African rand ($11 million) to the communications firm Digital Vibes, allegedly headed by Mkhize’s close acquaintance. News24 portal revealed that the company bought a car for the minister’s son and paid for the renovations in the house owned by the Mkhize family.