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SA’s ex-health minister turns to courts

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

DR Zweli Mkhize, who resigned as South Africa’s Health Minister ahead of a cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is taking the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), which found that he was implicated in alleged corruption, to court.

In his letter of resignation, Mkhize was scathing of the SIU but said he felt he had to resign to enable Ramaphosa to have a full-functional cabinet.

“I remain committed to working under your leadership, and it is an honour for me to serve the people of South Africa in our government‘s quest to deliver a better life for all. I am however mindful that it is imperative for you, Mr President, to have a fully functional executive.  I have not been able to fulfil my duties as Minister of Health for the past two months, having been placed on special leave. I have accordingly thought it is best that I request the President to allow me to step down in order to bring certainty and stability to this important portfolio. In so doing, I record that I remain committed to the success of your Administration, that I will continue to seek to be active in public and political service wherever I am required to do,” Mkhize said.

Ramaphosa placed Mkhize on special leave two months ago after he was implicated in an R150-million scandal involving a communication tender issued by the Department of Health.

In his letter to Ramaphosa, Mkhize said he was instituting legal action to seek a review of the SIU report.

“The report and the findings made by the SIU are vitiated by what my legal team characterises as misconduct during the investigation, comprising several identifiable and serious irregularities. Mr President, it is regrettably clear that the SIU worked with a predetermined outcome and a closed mind in the investigation, proceeded unfairly, and reached a flawed and unfounded report,” Mkhize said.