Mkhize scandal, MKMVA on agenda for ANC NWC meeting

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has been marred by an irregular multi-million rand tender awarded to a company linked to some of his close associates and his son.

FILE: Former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize delivered a speech at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg where the country’s first COVID-19 patient was treated. Picture: @DrZweliMkhize/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Embattled Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association are some of the issues expected to be on the agenda when the African National Congress (ANC)’s national working committee meets on Monday afternoon.

Mkhize has been marred by an irregular multi-million rand tender awarded to a company linked to some of his close associates and his son.

While the MKMVA is believed to be fighting a losing battle after its president, Kebby Maphatsoe, accused the party of ambushing and dissolving it in spite of the work it had done towards a united conference.

This week might mark the end for the MKMVA as we know it, as it seems the association, which has largely been seen as a factional tool for some in the ANC, could be dissolved in place of a preparatory committee for a united conference.

The ANC is trying to bring together two warring factions of their former combatants but MKMVA president Maphatsoe in a letter he wrote to Jessie Duarte last week argued that the proposed move was both drastic and critical.

He asked for further information on the deviation from the original plan.

Maphatsoe also pointed out that numerous requests to meet with the party officials had fallen on deaf ears as he continued to ask for issues raised in the letter to be addressed.

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