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Presidency spokesperson to face music

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…
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COVID-19 tender scandal: Presidential aide goes on special leave

COVID-19 tender scandal: Presidential aide goes on special leave

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FOUR days after South African president Cyril Ramaphosa spoke tough on corruption in the multi-billion package to provide COVID-19 material, his spokesperson has taken a leave of absence in the face of a procurement scandal. Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko has temporarily left her job following allegations that her husband’s company got an R125-million tender to provide personal protection equipment in Gauteng. Diko and her husband Thandisizwe, have denied the allegations. A statement from the presidency said:  “The Spokesperson to the President, Khusela Diko, has requested the Presidency to allow her to take leave of absence from all…
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A queen’s loving tribute to her late king

A queen’s loving tribute to her late king

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER KHUSELA Diko has paid a loving tribute to her late husband, Nkosi Madzikane Thandisizwe Diko of AmaBacha, who was buried yesterday KwaBacha in the Eastern Cape. In a letter read at his funeral, Khusela described her farewell message to her husband, who died a week ago, as the most difficult letter she has had to write.  Nkosi Diko, 43,  died while in the middle of a controversy regarding an R125-million personal protective equipment tender that was awarded to his company but later cancelled.  Diko died after he denied any wrongdoing.  After the allegations emerged, Khusela was placed…
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COVID-19 graft scandals fuel South Africans’ anger with ruling ANC

COVID-19 graft scandals fuel South Africans’ anger with ruling ANC

SIYABONGA SISHI and ALEXANDER WINNING A spate of corruption scandals during the COVID-19 pandemic has further fuelled some South Africans' frustration with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and its failure to tackle graft despite renewed promises from President Cyril Ramaphosa. Reports of suspect deals between state officials and businesses providing medical equipment, as well as food aid parcels to the poor, have sparked outrage in a country which has recorded some 650,000 coronavirus cases, the highest number in Africa, and is also in the grip of a deepening recession. "In the coronavirus pandemic, we thought ... things will…
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COVID-19 corruption scandal: Gauteng Health MEC fired

COVID-19 corruption scandal: Gauteng Health MEC fired

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE fraud and corruption scandal surrounding the procurement of hundreds of millions in equipment to fight COVID-19 has claimed the career of a top Gauteng politician. Dr Bandile Masuku was today fired as Gauteng Health MEC for failure to act when questionable tenders worth over R500-million were awarded by his department. Masuku was suspended in July after a damning report by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) placed him at the centre of dodgy tenders awarded to companies to provide personal protective equipment. Gauteng Premier David Makhura said he acted against Masuku on the basis of a report…
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SA Presidential aide moved to new post

SA Presidential aide moved to new post

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER KHUSELA DIKO, the spokesperson for South African Presiden Cyril Ramaphosa has returned to service after a year-long suspension, but will not work for the head of state any longer. Ramaphosa has revealed that Diko would be re-deployed to a new post in the civil service, following a disciplinary hearing from which she got away with a warning. Sources told The African Mirror that Diko would be moved to the Government Communication and Information Services. Diko was suspended a year after a company owned by her husband, who has since died, was implicated in a multimillion-rand COVID-19 personal…
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Presidential condolences for late AmaBacha Chief

Presidential condolences for late AmaBacha Chief

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER CYRIL Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa has offered his condolences to his suspended spokesperson Khusela Diko, whose husband, Chief Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, has passed on. A statement issued by the Presidency said: "The President's thoughts are with Ms Diko and her family - notably queen Nozizwe Diko and Queen Nolwandle Sangoni, as well as friends and associates of the late Nkosi, and the AmaBhaca more broadly." Ramaphosa joined many South Africans who also sent condolences to Diko, who now faces disciplinary procedures because of her husband's involvement in the a controversial R125-million tender for personal…
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