The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has rejected Dedani Mkhize’s allegations of bias and lack of impartiality after the health minister’s son shared a statement to this effect on his Facebook page.
In the statement, Mkhize junior also denies receiving R3.8 million from communications firm, Digital Vibes.
His father, minister Zweli Mkhize, was placed on special leave by president Cyril Ramaphosa as the SIU probed the R150 million tender awarded to the firm.
Mkhize claims he approached the SIU offering to co-operate with the investigation process, but the unit hasn’t contacted him for an interview.
He says had through the media that court papers in this matter were filed and that neither he nor his lawyers have been served.
SIU spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, says Dedani Mkhize will be offered another opportunity to file responding papers in court.
“We reject that really with the contempt it deserves because he want to come to the public and say he was not offered and opportunity to be heard and for him what that means is he wanted us to call him and sit face to face with him and talk to him. It was not necessary us to do that because he has signed an affidavit and submitted to us we then considered when we were looking at the investigation and therefore that is being heard.”
Kganyago elaborates on the SIU’s view in the video below:
The SIU says, in court papers, the money must be recuperated and the case be referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
SIU plans to conclude investigation on the Digital Vibes: