Gauteng Premier David Makhura has appointed Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo as Acting Health MEC.
The Premier has placed Health MEC Bandile Masuku on a leave of absence over his alleged involvement in a controversial tender to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the department during the coronavirus pandemic.
Masuku has been accused of influencing the processes that led to the R125 million tender being awarded to Royal Bhaca – a company owned by Presidential Spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband – amaBhaca Chief Thandisizwe Diko.
Masuku has denied the allegation.
Earlier today, the ANC in Gauteng announced that Khusela Diko, Masuku and his wife Loyiso will appear before the party’s Integrity Commission.
Loyiso Masuku is a member of the Mayoral Committee in the City of Johannesburg.
Makhura was speaking at the weekly briefing on Gauteng’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He says the allegations are concerning.
“At this point, I’m really disappointed to have a MEC who has been leading in this front, very well, facing allegations that I cannot ignore. This cannot be ignored by any serious government. As the Premier of Gauteng, I’m therefore giving MEC Masuku leave of absence, initially for the next four weeks. We’re hoping that all these investigations will be completed.”