Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has given a green light for the release of the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) report on the Digital Vibes scandal.
“President @CyrilRamaphosa has authorised publication of the final report of the Special Investigating Unit into the National Department Health’s award of a National Health Insurance media campaign and subsequent Covid-19 communications to Digital Vibes,” the presidency tweeted on Wednesday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa received the findings in July.
Read the report in full HEAR.
President @CyrilRamaphosa has authorised publication of the final report of the Special Investigating Unit into the National Department of Health’s award of a National Health Insurance media campaign and subsequent COVID-19 communications to Digital Vibes.
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) September 29, 2021
Digital Vibes, a company owned by Tahera Mather and Naadhira Mitha, was awarded R150 million to provide communication during the Covid-19 pandemic last year, reported SABC.
The more than 100-page report outlines how millions of taxpayer’s money was irregularly paid to Digital Vibes and how it was squandered on repairs to former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s home and a Land Cruiser for his son among many other things.
A report by News24 said that the health department initially contracted Digital Vibes for the National Health Insurance (NHI) campaign in 2019, which was when Mkhize reportedly pressured officials to appoint the company for the contract.
The SIU notes that during a briefing in May, Mkhize denied that he or his family benefitted from the dogy deal. It also states that this denial was a lie
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu