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LIVE BLOG: Ramaphosa: Mkhize matter won't be swept under the carpet
President Cyril Ramaphosa is holding a press briefing on Thursday after his budget vote response in Parliament.
“We cannot yet say that we have extinguished the flames of this pandemic – but we will. What we can say is that we are now seeing some of the green shoots of recovey. We are now seeing signs that the focus which this administration has placed on economic reform, which began before the pandemic, is steadily but surely paying off.”
"No matter how much we may have admired Mkhize’s commitment during the pandemic, no matter how hard it might be for Ramaphosa to replace him, there is enough in the public domain for Mkhize to do the honourable thing and resign. But this is South Africa and those in public office are loathe to resign."
However, Eyewitness News columnist Judith February says that if we are to believe Ramaphosa’s rhetoric about dealing decisively with corruption, then he will have to do what good leaders are asked to do and that is to make difficult decisions, even if it involves a close ally and a capable Cabinet minister.
Ramaphosa said that he had talked to Mkhize about the Digital Vibes scandal and that Mkhize was “cooperating fully”.
During his address, the president said the national vaccine rollout was now gathering pace and momentum, with more than 1 million people already vaccinated.