EFF wants Masuki to step down over Covid-19 tenders’ scandal

Covid-19 tenders’ scandalThe EFF on Tuesday demanded that the member of the chief council for health in Gauteng, Bandile Masuku, step down.

This was after the provincial government awarded a R125 million contract for private protective equipment (PPE) to the husband of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman Khusela Diko and wasn’t duly accounted for.

In a statement, EFF acting provincial chairman Itani Mukwevho said the party was displeased at how Masuku handled the awarding of the contract to Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko’s Royal Bhaca Projects and said he has got to step down pending a search by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). The Dikos are reportedly family friends of Masuku and his wife.

“Gauteng EFF demands a radical investigation into the awarding of all PPE contracts since the start of the lockdown,” Mukwevho said.

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“It has become clear that Covid-19 has presented a chance for the politically connected to dispense political patronage by awarding their friends government monies meant to fight the pandemic while disregarding proper supply gain management and inflating prices above National Treasury guidelines.”

Mukwevho said over 90 companies that got the contracts were involved during this fraud and it seems to be linked to politically connected individuals.

“We turn the MEC (member of the chief council) to right away vacate his office to permit for the SIU investigation into Gauteng health also as his chief of staff,” Mukwevho said.