President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko is taking leave from her government duties pending the outcome of an investigation into Gauteng health tenders linked to her husband.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu announced on Monday evening that Diko was taking a leave of absence following the allegations that her husband, amaBhaca King Madzikane II Thandisizwe, benefited from a Gauteng government tender of R125 million to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PEE). Diko and her husband maintain that the contract was cancelled and they never received a cent. Tyrone Seale will act in the position of spokesperson to the president while Diko is on leave. In a statement, the Presidency said that Diko asked for a leave of absence because it was important that the government was not undermined or adversely affected by the allegations against her, especially while the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said the tender was one of 90 COVID-19 relief tenders that they were investigating.
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