South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, on special leave. Mkhize is implicated in the issuing of a contract to communications company Digital Vibes worth R150-million.

President Ramaphosa places Minister Mkhize on special leave

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, the Presidency said the special leave period “will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes”.

Mkhize is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit.

Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will serve as the  Acting Minister of Health.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mkhize noted that he had discussed taking special leave with President Cyril Ramaphosa pending an investigation against him.

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