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Gauteng premier David Makhura has dismissed health MEC Bandile Masuku after the Special Investigating Unit found he had failed to act on controversial PPE contracts.
Gauteng’s health MEC Bandile Masuku was dismissed after the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) realized that it was unable to fulfill its oversight role regarding the state’s controversial personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts during the Covid-19 response, Prime Minister David Makhura announced on Friday.
Makhura Chris Hani said in a media briefing at Baragwanath Hospital, “SIU has determined that Health MEC is unable to fulfill Dr. Bandile Masuku’s duties in accordance with the Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act, PFMA.”
BREAKING:A forensic report done by investigator Paul o’Sullivan which looked into the Gauteng Health Department’s PPE scandal has ABSOLVED MEC Bandile Masuku of any wrongdoing. It says if anyone is to be blamed it’s Khusela Diko’s husband Thandisizwe. @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/wdR7ci6ZP9
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SIU explored Masuku’s role in Thandisizwe Diko’s 125 million PPE tender for Royal Bhaca Projects. Diko is married to presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko. Masuku and Diko families are close friends.
“As the prime minister of the province, I have decided to remove Dr. Bandile Masuku from his responsibilities as Gauteng MEC for health,” Makhura said.
According to Business Day, SIU found that department officials claimed that Kabelo Lehloenya, CFO of Gauteng health department, had unlawfully ratified PPE contracts.
The complaint was forwarded to Masuku’s office, but was never resolved. This allowed Lehloenya to bypass the head of supply chain management, Thandy Pino, and continue to approve PPE deals.
Lehloenya resigned while SIU was investigating contracts and Pino was suspended.
Business Day reported that SIU found that three contracts under investigation resulted in losses of more than R 45 million in fruitless and wasteful spending.
SIU has yet to provide any evidence as to whether Masuku was involved in corruption or collusion.
Axed Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku believes the Special Investigating Unit report made ’’incorrect and non-factual findings’’ and intends having it reviewed in court.https://t.co/KrQAM2HujO
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Jacob Mamabolo is acting in the MEC health position, and Makhura said he would not appoint another health MEC until he completed his research on SIU Masuku.
“I want to know and complete this before I appoint the MEC for health in Gauteng because I want to say that if the MEC Masuku is cleared, I will gladly reassign him for MEC health,” the Prime Minister said.
Makhura was questioned about how he might consider reassigning Masuku if SIU’s findings justify his dismissal. The prime minister said the failures of administrative detention are incomparable to corruption and are international precedents for reassigning officials cleared of criminal charges.
“It is not unusual … it is not unusual for me to consider reassigning him if he is not found guilty of corruption and collusion,” Makhura said.
Makhura said Masuku has improved the provincial health department since his appointment in May 2019. He called his leadership “indisputable” during the Covid-19 crisis.
Having denied the allegations against him, Masuku launched his own investigation into his role in issuing controversial PPE contracts.
Well-known inspector Paul O’Sullivan appears to have hired law firm Darryl Furman & Associates, which appointed his company to find and analyze the evidence.
O’Sullivan told 702 radio stations that he had been investigating the matter for two months, studying more than 2,000 pages of evidence, and doing numerous interviews, “and we are actually glad that the MEC Dr Masuku has the best interests of the people at heart and has not committed any crimes.
He claimed that the only information Masuku could have about the controversial PPE contracts was an emailed list of suppliers who were sent by the health department to the MEC and the Motsepe Foundation and wanted to help provide PPE. According to O’Sullivan, Masuku never opened the e-mail.
“We are now glad that Dr Masuku did not commit any crime and his wife was not there,” said O’Sullivan.
Makhura said he was aware of O’Sullivan’s investigation, “but I am working on reports that are officially prepared by government agencies.”
Masuku’s wife, Loyiso Masuku, is a Member of Johannesburg’s Municipal Committee for Group Companies and Shared Services (MMC). He received permission while conducting the SIU investigation with Khusela Diko.
In September, the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) rejected a report from the party’s provincial integrity committee, which reportedly suggested that Masuku, a PEC member, voluntarily resign from his post.
PEC found inconsistencies in the integrity commission’s report and extended the relevant authorities’ permits while awaiting the findings of SIU’s investigation. DM