The Ministry of Health has placed Director-General Dr Sandile Buthelezi on precautionary suspension. This relates to his alleged involvement in the R150-million Digital Vibes scandal.
In June, President Cyril Ramaphosa placed former health minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave to respond to allegations against him in relation to the same scandal.
Mkhize instead, resigned.
A probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) revealed that the contract had been unlawfully awarded.
It was alleged that the tender process had been set up to favour Digital Vibes.
Health Ministry spokesperson Foster Mohale says Deputy Director-General responsible for National Health Insurance Dr Nicholas Crisp, will continue to act until the hearing process has been concluded.
“The Ministry of Health confirms that Director-General of Health Dr Sandile Buthelezi has been placed on precautionary suspension until he appears before a disciplinary hearing regarding his role in Digital Vibes saga. Dr Nicholas Crisp, Deputy Director-General responsible for National Health Insurance, will continue to act until the hearing process has been concluded.”
Zweli Mkhize could soon find himself in the dock if SIU has its way: