The Department of Health stays focused on battling the Covid-19 pandemic after President Cyril Ramaphosa's choice, to put Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on exceptional leave, says chief general Dr Sandile Buthelezi.
Mkhize was set on leave on Tuesday in the midst of a Special Investigating Unit (SIU), test into the sporadic R150 million correspondence contract granted to Digital Vibes, an organization supposedly claimed by his nearby partners.
"It's implied that these are troublesome occasions we end up in. As chief general, I wish to promise the country that we stay submitted and equipped for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Executing a sloped up vaccine program and running the public projects as we are driven by the acting minister of health, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane," Buthelezi said in a proclamation on Tuesday.
Buthelezi said the division would brief residents this week, on various advancements concerning the country's vaccine program.
The nation has been inoculating individuals 60 years and more seasoned using, the two-portion Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine while it hangs tight for the go-ahead from US controllers before it can begin regulating the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
"Our spirits were lifted today [Tuesday] when we discovered that we have formally inoculated more than 1 million senior residents, matured 60 years or more under stage two.
"We should pass on our appreciation to the senior residents who have and keep on approaching in their numbers to be inoculated.
We additionally thank every one of the individuals who are answerable for the organization of the rollout, for their coarseness and assurance as we keep on sloping up the mission," Buthelezi said.
In the interim, the DA said it would lay a grievance with Parliament's Ethics Committee about Mkhize for his part in the granting of the multimillion-rand agreement to Digital Vibes.
DA Health representative Siviwe Gwarube said this was because of reports that Mkhize, by and by closed down the accommodation that contained the agreement to Digital Vibes.
She said Parliament's portfolio advisory group on health, neglected to consider the minister responsible when he didn't show up for a gathering with the panel a week ago, refering to lawful counsel.
"The DA is of the view that Mkhize's lead might be in contradiction of Section 5.2.2 of the code which expresses, that a part may 'not utilize their impact as a public agent.
In their dealings with an organ of state in such a way as to inappropriately advantage the immediate individual or private monetary, or business interests of such part or any close group of that part or any colleague of that part or the close group of that part'.
"Also, area 5.2.7 states that a part may 'not hall for any compensation or get any award, advantage or present for that part or for the close group of that part or the colleague of that part or close group of that part, for making such portrayal as a part for any individual or body'," Gwarube said in an articulation.
Gwarube approached the morals board to explore as an issue of criticalness.
A week ago, the DA laid criminal grumblings in Cape Town against Mkhize and Buthelezi over the Digital Vibes contract.
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