The leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has placed Health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku and his wife Loyiso, on special leave of absence pending investigations into multi-million rand COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts.
Loyiso Masuku is a member of a mayoral committee for Group Corporate and Shared Services in the City of Johannesburg council and an ANC regional leader in the city. The two join their co-accused in the scandal, presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, who was out on leave of absence since Monday. They stand accused of having a hand in the decision by the Gauteng Health Department to award a R125-million tender to a company owned by Amabhaca King Madzikane Diko, Khusela Diko’s husband.
ANC Gauteng provincial secretary, Jacob Khawe, briefed the media on the party’s decision on the three members, saying they would now be subjected to the provincial integrity commission that is expected to conclude its work within a two- to four-week period.
“We took this decision in the interest of clean governance. We took this decision as a fair process that would allow everyone an opportunity to present their case,” Khawe said.
Khawe is Diko’s ex-husband.
He said a preliminary report found that some companies didn’t follow normal tender procedures.
“There was special arrangements...it is an official in the department who would call companies which said they could provide. They had discussions with these companies and they would be provided a letter. This is against normal procurement processes and we partly understand because of the nature of the problem we are dealing with and the urgency of the matter in having PPEs.
“It also shows that government was open to manipulation and the PEC immediately resolved that the provincial government need to respond to the people of Gauteng very soon,” he added
The Dikos and the Masukus have denied any wrongdoing.