DA to write to Presidency over access to obtain SIU report on Digital Vibes

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will submit a Promotion of Access to Information Act application to the Presidency to obtain access to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into the alleged irregular awarding of the Digital Vibes contract to provide communication services to the Department of Health.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been placed on special leave following the SIU investigation and his alleged involvement in the R150 million contract.

SIU freezes bank accounts of individuals linked to Digital Vibes:

DA spokesperson on Health, Siviwe Gwarube, says the report must be made public and all those implicated must face the full might of the law.

“The portfolio needs a stable hand that will take the country through this critical phase of vaccination. The President [Cyril Ramaphosa] is reluctant to make difficult and ethical decision and his inactions are now costing us dearly. He needs to make the report public and also tell us how is he going to make those implicated accountable,” adds Gwarube.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize failed to appear before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health:

Early this month, the Presidency acknowledged the receipt of the final report and has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently studying the report.