Cosatu is calling on Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku to step aside amid corruption allegations. The trade union federation said that those implicated in irregular tender processes linked to the COVID-19 relief fund must do the honorable thing and take special leave. Masuku released a statement this week denying allegations that he influenced procurement processes during the pandemic. The Sunday Independent linked Masuku and his wife Loyiso Lugayeni-Masuku to a suspicious R125 million tender for personal protective equipment. The SIU is investigating at least 90 companies that received contracts from the Gauteng Health Department during the state of disaster. In a statement, Masuku said he always acted with integrity and conviction and strongly denied any suggestion that the COVID-19 procurement process was being used to raise funds for the African National Congress (ANC) conference.
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