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South African health minister placed "on special leave" pending investigation into awarding of contracts

June 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 19: Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize conducts an oversight visit to Steve Biko Academic Hospital on January 19, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa is currently battling a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa placed Health Minister Zweli Mkhize "on special leave" Tuesday pending an investigation into the awarding of Department of Health contracts to a communications company staffed by former aides.

(CNN)South African President Cyril Ramaphosa placed Health Minister Zweli Mkhize "on special leave" Tuesday pending an investigation into the awarding of Department of Health contracts to a communications company staffed by former aides.

"This period of special leave will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes," Ramaphosa said in a statement.

Ahead of Ramaphosa's announcement, Mkhize made a statement to the press saying "I fully acknowledge and take personal responsibility for the public outrage that has been caused by this Digital Vibes contract. "

Asked if he and the president had discussed his possible resignation, Mkhize said "we have not discussed the issue of resignation we've discussed the issue special leave pending the report of the SIU. "

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