Former Health Minister Mkhize wants the Johannesburg High Court to review and overturn the findings and recommendations of the report that examines the multi-million Rand tender awarded to Digital Vibes.
FILE: Former Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize delivered a speech at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, where the country’s first COVID-19 patient was treated. Photo: @ DrZweliMkhize / Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize disputes the report of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which led to its abolition last month.
Mkhize wants the Johannesburg High Court to review and overturn the findings and recommendations of the report that examines the multi-million rand tender awarded to Digital Vibes.
He also wants it declared illegal and unconstitutional.
Digital Vibes is a shell company that has been used by close associates of the minister to land massive communications contracts from his ministry.
Mkhize argues that the SIU would have come to a different conclusion regarding its alleged role in the saga had it taken its arguments and evidence into account.
The former health minister said his reputation as a professional and politician had been tarnished by the SIU report.
He retaliates, accusing the investigative unit of approaching him with a predetermined result in mind.
In his court documents, Mkhize insisted that he did not derive any direct or indirect benefit from anyone connected to Digital Vibes.
He said he only learned about the contract two months after the incident, which Mkhize accused the SIU of ignoring.
The former health minister joins several other politicians who accused the SIU of ambushing them – in this case, he said he had not been briefed on the basic questions he needed to answer.
He also said that some of the main findings of the report delivered to President Cyril Ramaphosa are different from those presented to him during his questioning.
Mkhize also sought an order for costs against the SIU.