Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko's husband, Madzikane, dies in EC hospital

Several people close to the Diko family have confirmed that Chief Madzikane Thandisizwe Diko II passed away on Sunday night at an Eastern Cape hospital.

Presidency spoken Khusela Diko and her husband, amaBhaca King Madzikane II Diko at their wedding in 2018. Picture: Twitter

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The husband of suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko has died.

Diko's brother, Vulithuba Sangoni, confirmed that amaBhaca Chief Madzikane Thandisizwe Diko died at an East London hospital on Sunday night.

Details surrounding his death are still not clear.

Eyewitness News understands that his wife was in Gauteng at the time of his death.

Sangoni told Eyewitness News that the family was still in shock and had no details on the cause of death.

"We are still trying to find out what caused his death. We are still in shock."

The Dikos have been in the spotlight because of a R125 million tender the late chief received from the Gauteng Health Department last year.

After issues of conflict of interest were raised, that decision was revoked and no money was paid.

The Dikos later admitted that the decision to get into business with the government was an error of judgement.

Meanwhile, Diko's wife, Khusela remains on suspension from her job in the Presidency while a disciplinary process continues.

The PPE tender scandal also cost Bandile Masuku his job as Gauteng Health MEC.

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