The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it will defend itself against the R500 000 damages lawsuit instituted by KwaZulu-Natal Public Works Department spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya.

The SIU says in a statement that it notes the publication of an article online claiming the SIU admitted that it erred and withdrew its allegation that Sibiya benefitted from the controversial Digital Vibes communication tender awarded by the National Department of Health.

The SIU says it has not, at any stage, stated that Sibiya benefitted from the Digital Vibes communications tender and rejects with contempt the assertion that it conducted shoddy work in investigating the communication tender and misled the President.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago on the Digital Vibes report:

Presidency calls for the speedy implementation of the SIU report

The Presidency says the Department of Health must work quickly to resolve and implement all of the SIU recommendations contained in the Digital Vibes report.

Mkhize served with court papers

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has confirmed that former Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize has been served it with court papers.

Mkhize is demanding that its findings on his involvement in the Digital Vibes contract be set aside as well as declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

The SIU report which was released earlier found that Mkhize, his family and friends unduly benefitted from the R150-million contract.

The SIU also found that Mkhize deliberately ignored a Cabinet decision when he allowed Digital Vibes to be appointed to conduct communications work on the National Health Insurance (NHI).

At the time, Cabinet had resolved that the Government Communications Information System would NHI communication strategy.

As a result of the findings, Mkhize resigned from his position.

The report also found that the Department’s Acting Director-General, Dr. Anban Pillay, committed fraud, gross misconduct, was negligent, and in dereliction of duty in irregularly awarding Digital Vibes a communications contract.

Presidential report: