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I have nothing to do with it: Zweli Mkhize distances himself from Babita Deokaran murder

Former health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has come out guns blazing after his name emerged in the bail hearing of six men accused of murdering Gauteng health official Babita Deokaran, stating that it was done to cause him “political embarrassment”.

Deokaran, who had blown the whistle to the Special Investigating Unit on debasement connected to Covid-19 wellbeing hardware acquisitions, was gunned down external her Winchester Park home south of Johannesburg in August. 

Deokaran's supposed executioners, Phakamani Hadebe, Zita Hadebe, Nhlangano Ndlovu, Sanele Mbele, Siphiwe Mazibuko and Phakanyiswa Dladla, showed up in the Johannesburg judge's court on Tuesday for the beginning of the bail hearing. 

Phakamani Hadebe let the court know that he had been tormented by police into admitting that Mkhize had requested the homicide. 

Mkhize in an assertion on Wednesday said he was stunned that his "name had been hauled into the situation of the men captured regarding the homicide". 

He said he needed to guarantee Deokaran's family that he steered clear of the insensitive wrongdoing, "nor the supposed acquirement anomalies which are accepted to have driven it". 

"It ought to be recalled that these supposed acquisition anomalies occurred at a commonplace level, far away from the public circle of government where I was conveyed as a public pastor of wellbeing." 

He said he had taught his legal advisors to keep in touch with the Independent Police Independent Directorate (Ipid) "to research the conditions encompassing the extraction and acknowledgment into proof of the announced 'admission' whose worth could just have been to cause him political shame".


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Babita Deokaran Phakamani Hadebe Sanele Mbele Special Investigating Unit Zweli Mkhize

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