Presidency spokesperson to face music

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

A top official in the South African presidency is to face a disciplinary inquiry for failing to disclose all her financial interests.

The presidency has announced that it has initiated disciplinary steps against Khusela Diko, who went on special leave in July 2020 after it emerged that Royal Bhaca, a company owned by her husband – Madzikane II Diko – had won a tender worth R125-million to provide PPEs.

The awarding of the tender, along with other dodgy ones worth over R500-million was referred by President Ramaphosa to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for probing. 

The South African presidency said the SIU has reported that while the corruption component of the investigation is ongoing, the SIU has thus far not obtained any evidence pointing to  Diko’s involvement in the awarding of two contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health to Royal Bhaca or in respect of the irregularities identified in respect of such awards. 

‘During its investigation, the SIU did however identify a concern regarding Ms Diko’s duty to disclose all her financial interests. On the basis of a referral from the SIU on her failure to disclose her financial interests, the Presidency has decided to initiate an internal disciplinary process against Ms Diko. 

“The relevant processes prescribed in the Public Service Regulations and related documents will be triggered and handled by the Acting Director-General of the Presidency, including consideration of whether Ms Diko remains on special leave or is formally suspended pending the disciplinary process,” the presidency said in a statement.

Diko also faces a separate disciplinary process which has been initiated by the ANC in Gauteng, where she is a member of the provincial executive committee. She faces charges of bringing the party into disrepute.