Masuku, wife must take leave of absence from positions immediately - Gauteng ANC

The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) provincial executive committee (PEC) said that Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife, MMC in the Joburg metro Loyiso Masuku, must take a leave of absence from their positions with immediate effect.

FILE: Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku on 20 July 2020 inspects the Nasrec field hospital's state of readiness amidst the province's increase in coronavirus cases. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in the province has charged the Gauteng government with the responsibility of investigating whether there was a “tender bonanza” in COVID-19 contract procurement after it ordered suspected leaders to take an immediate leave of absence.

In a special meeting of the ANC PEC, it was resolved that Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife, MMC in the Joburg metro Loyiso Masuku, must take a leave of absence from the top positions with immediate effect.

While Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to confirm the leaves of absence in a briefing on Thursday afternoon, the ANC in the province said that it could not afford to have the public believing it was not serious about dealing with corruption, hence the decision to intervene.

Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife Loyiso Masuku will also face the ANC provincial integrity committee over corruption claims in the awarding of a personal protective equipment contract worth over R100 million.

The tender was won by amaBhaca King Madzikane II Thandisizwe, who is Diko’s husband, with confirmation that the Dikos enjoy a close friendship with the Masukus.

The provincial secretary Jacob Khawe: "Within a period of four weeks, a report must be presented. This report will also clear everybody whose name is mentioned but the ANC's interest is to find corruption and where there's corruption, there must be action."

The integrity committee has been given four weeks to conclude its investigation into whether the trio brought the party into disrepute.

Meanwhile, the Special Investigative Unit said that 102 companies were being investigated in the province for corrupt COVID-19 tenders believed to be valued at R2.2 billion.

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