King Madzikane II: I went against what Khusela said about PPE contract
King Madzikane II has told the SABC that he signed a contract with the Gauteng government for PPE without consulting his wife, Khusela Diko, who is the President's spokesperson.
JOHANNESBURG – King Madzikane II says he initially went against his wife's advice to pull out of the personal protective equipment (PPE) tender process.
King Madzikane II has told the SABC that he signed the contract with the Gauteng government without consulting her.
He said when she expressed concerns about a conflict of interest, he asked for the contract to be cancelled.
The King has reiterated that despite delivering the required equipment, he was not paid.
On Wednesday, the couple issued a statement to clarify the circumstances around the PPE contract.
“She was uncomfortable initially, and I went ahead against what she had said. Later on she came back and said: ‘Look, I insist that you must not go ahead with this contract because I am in the office of the President, I am in the employ of the state’. And then I had to consider that.”
They said the decision to get into business with government was an error of judgment.