The way it began
Bandile Masuku, a medical physician was appointed final 12 months to the best rating public workplace put up in his subject in Gauteng.
Masuku grew to become a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 22 Could 2019.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura appointed him because the Member of the Government Council for Well being on 29 Could, 2019.
The matter was prompted by the pandemic.
It was found that Bandile Masuku dealt with the PPE Covid-19 tender illegally.
The SIU discovered that division officers had claimed the Gauteng well being division CFO, Kabelo Lehloenya, was approving PPE contracts in contravention of the regulation.
The problem moved up when Masuku’s workplace refused to resolve the problem however continued to permit Lehloenya bypass the top of provide chain administration, Thandy Pino, and approving PPE offers.
Lehloenya resigned in the reason for the investigating and Pino was suspended.
SIU additionally came upon that three contracts awarded led to the lack of over R45-million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
The SIU is but to make any findings of whether or not Masuku participated in corruption or collusion.
Nonetheless, it was discovered that among the many investigated suppliers which received tenders to supply the division with private protecting tools is an organization belonging to presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband.
Awarding the tender to the Diko was finished illegally.
It was additionally heard that the Masukus and the Dikos are shut household pals.
Diko’s husband was awarded a contract value over R100 million, which was later supposedly cancelled.
He acquired axed
Within the gentle of this allegation, Masuku was granted go away from workplace on July 30 and Jacob Mamabolo has been appearing within the place of well being MEC.
Whereas addressing the media on Friday, Makhura made it identified that the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) revealed that Dr Masuku had “did not execute his features in compliance with the structure and the Public Finance Administration Act”.
SIU advisable that Makhura takes administrative motion towards Masuku.
This led to the dismissal of Bandile Masuku.
“Based mostly on their findings the place they are saying the MEC did not execute his features, I’ve determined to discharge Dr Bandile Masuku from his duties on the MEC of well being,” Makhura explains.
Makhura made it identified that the PPE corruption investigation will nonetheless proceed regardless of discharging Masuku.
He nonetheless famous that the Gauteng well being MEC place will stay vacant till the investigation concludes.
Jacob Mamabolo would proceed because the appearing MEC.
Masuku heads to court docket
Masuku on Friday stated that he might be heading to court docket to have the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) findings towards him to be put aside.
Masuku slammed the preliminary findings by the SIU.
He claimed that the findings have been incorrect and non-factual in relation to his position as an govt authority.
He additionally accused the SIU of ignoring affidavits and making no point out of the information he offered.
Investigation remains to be ongoing.