Ramaphosa Studying Digital Vibes SIU Report

Written by on 7 July, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha

The Presidency says President Cyril Ramaphosa is studying the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on the health department’s controversial R150 million contract with Digital Vibes.

Last month, the SIU was granted a preservation order to freeze R22 million held in bank and investment accounts linked to Digital Vibes and people who received payments from the company.

The SIU is probing the irregular awarding of a tender to close associates of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize who has been placed on special leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

SIU Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, previously pointed out that their preliminary investigations had revealed clear evidence exposing two highly irregular and unlawful transactions.

The first transaction was a procurement process in 2019 where Digital Vibes was appointed to perform communications services relating to the National Health Insurance.

The second transaction occurred last year, during the tenure of the first transaction when Digital Vibes was appointed in respect of a COVID-19 awareness campaign without any competitive bidding or other procurement process at all.

Minister Mkhize now awaits on President Ramaphosa whether he keeps his job or not.


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