Digital Vibes: Ex-Health Minister, Mkhize Slams SIU Findings

“The conclusions reached by the SIU, and its ’findings and recommendations against me, are tainted by stark irregularities in the manner in which it conducted its investigation, and in its approach to the evidence, it gathered. These irregularities are both procedural and substantive in nature.”

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Former Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize/Photo File: News24

Former Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has rubbished the findings of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which conceded his involvement in the R150 million Digital Vibes Scandal.

According to reports, the Special Investigating Unit found that Mkhize and his family benefitted to the tune of R4 million from the tainted R150 million Digital Vibes contract.

Reacting to this allegation, Mkhize branded the SIU’s findings as unfounded and unfair.

“The conclusions reached by the SIU, and its ’findings and recommendations against me, are tainted by stark irregularities in the manner in which it conducted its investigation, and in its approach to the evidence, it gathered. These irregularities are both procedural and substantive in nature.”

“The SIU failed to address my version and evidence I provided to it – in most instances, such evidence was entirely ignored where it deviated from the SIU’s predetermined conclusions. While, for instance, I provided the SIU with a bundle of documents plus (without being required to do so) a detailed witness statement in advance of my questioning, I was given no notice of even the gist of fundamental matters on which I was questioned. Documents in the possession of the SIU were simply withheld so that I could be ambushed.” He said.

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Mkhize in his affidavit claimed that some of the findings in its referral to President Cyril Ramaphosa was different from those served to him during its interrogation.

Mkhize maintained that the SIU findings were merely based on vague and false claims, stating that the SIU provided the media with information that it has submitted the report to President Ramaphosa on June 30, 2021, the same day it received this new evidence.

“It is, with respect, impossible for the SIU to have considered the submissions or evidence. Impossibility aside, demonstrably the SIU did not give it due regard, as some of its findings in the Referral Letter and Report have no regard to that evidence.

“This evinces that the SIU had already reached conclusions and findings against me: no matter what further evidence or submissions it received, it was not going to alter its Report,” read Mkhize’s affidavit.

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