South Africa s health minister was put on unique leave Tuesday over a corruption scandal including an irregular federal government agreement where $11 million was paid to a business linked to 2 individuals who utilized to work for him.
Zweli Mkhize has actually been leading the COVID-19 reaction in South Africa, which has the most cases and deaths in Africa.
The relocation was revealed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in a declaration from his workplace. It stated Mkhize was put on unique leave from his task “to attend to allegations and investigations” around the irregular agreement.
South Africa’s minister of tourist would action in as acting health minister, the president stated. South Africa’s Special Investigative Unit is still penetrating the agreement and hasn’t launched a report, although Mkhize’s own health department has actually currently discovered that the agreement was “irregular.”
Mkhize has actually rejected that he personally took advantage of the agreement and declared he wasn’t associated with its awarding.
Mkhize’s previous individual assistant and previous spokesperson are now linked to the Digital Vibes business, which was paid the cash to arrange media rundowns for the minister throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
There are brand-new accusations that Mkhize’s boy personally gained from the agreement.
It’s among numerous corruption scandals that have actually polluted the South African federal government’s infection reaction.