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OPINION: Zweli Mkhize should have taken a decision to step aside in the wake of his corruption allegations

According to Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), a choice must be made to step away following allegations of corruption leveled against him.

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave Mkhize special leave in his part in granting Digital Vibes a multimillion rand contract. 

SAFTU Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi asked questions over the appointment of Tourism Minister Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane as Mkhize's Deputy health minister

The People's Congress (COPE) says it rejects the decision of President Ramaphosa to give special leave to Mkhiza. COPE maintains the Mkhize was supposed to be fired. 

COPE SPORE Dennis Bloem said, 'COPE rejects the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to make special leave to Minister Zweli Mkhize. Mr Ramaphosa was supposed to shoot Zweli Mkhiz. He is quite serious about the allegations of corruption. Corruption will never stop in this country if these people are treated with gloves for children. The fight against COVID-19 we can no longer trust him."

DA Siviwe Gwarube, Shadow Health Minister, adds that the party will lodge a complaint against Mkhize against Parliament's Ethics Committee. She said Mkhize's possible violations of Section 5 of the Ethical Code must be investigated by the Committee. She also believes that the Portfolio Committee on Health failed to take his responsibility. 

Meanwhile, on Tuesday Mkhize apologized on behalf of the black cloud for the complaints about Digital Vibes Communications.

The Freedom Plus Group supports the President's decision to provide exceptional leave to the Minister of Health, Dr Mkhize. The President ought in reality to have responded much earlier. He should not have waited until the President put so much pressure on him to act in their particular issue. We would also like to see any claims of wrongdoing, or certain incidents of corruption, against any Minister in his cabinet that these people are immediately put on special leave. That's the correct thing to do and ensure that his firm is cleanly managed


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