Masuku fails in bid to challenge SIU report that to led to his axing as MEC

Bandile Masuku had rejected the preliminary report, which found that he had failed to provide oversight and to uphold the Constitution and regulations in the Public Finance Management Act.

FILE: Former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku. Picture: @GautengProvince/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng High Court has dismissed an application by former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku challenging a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

Masuku approached the court on an urgent basis wanting preliminary findings by the SIU against him set aside.

Those findings were used as a basis for his axing by Premier David Makhura in October.

The SIU found that he had failed to provide oversight and uphold the Constitution of the country along with the regulations in the Public Finance Management Act. It was investigating irregular tender processes of COVID-19 resources.

Masuku’s then department had granted the late Chief Madzikane Diko a multi-million rand tender to procure personal protective equipment.

The SIU’s Kaizer Kganyago: "We are really excited that the full bench of the High Court has dismissed Dr Bandile Masuku's application. This is an affirmation that we are doing things in a fair manner. We are making sure that we have the evidence we need."

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