President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: GCIS

Digital Vibes: President Ramaphosa studying SIU report

The SIU handed President Cyril Ramaphosa the report into the R150 million Digital Vibes contract on 30 June


President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: GCIS

The Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa received the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) report into the Digital Vibes contract, linked to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.

The SIU handed the report to Ramaphosa on 30 June, which was the set deadline.

“The presidency has received the final report of the SIU on an investigation into a contract between the Department of Health and Digital Vibes. The presidency is studying the report and will keep the public abreast of developments in this matter”

Acting presidential spokesperson Tyrone Seale

“It will do so in a manner that preserves information that may be or become the subject of prosecution, civil action or disciplinary proceedings,” Seale said.

Will Ramaphosa fire Health Minister Zweli Mkhize?

Now, Dr Zweli Mkhize’s fate lies in the hands of President Cyril Ramaphosa: The minister was placed on special leave in the wake of damning findings being made against him in the Digital Vibes saga. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane was then appointed in his place.

The communications company received a R150 million contract to do work for the National Department of Health, and it is run by two associates of Mkhize. An investigation by Daily Maverick has revealed that contrary to Mkhize’s claims that he didn’t benefit from the contract, Digital Vibes footed the bill for maintenance work done on his home, paid R160 000 for a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to his son AND even forked out R300 000 for his company.

It’s not quite clear what’s contained in the report, but according to Sunday Times, Mkhize pressured officials in his department to appoint the company.

The newspaper reports that the health department’s deputy director-general Dr Anban Pillay sent a private email to one of Mkhize’s associates, asking her to help the department in communicating its COVID-19 messaging for two weeks.

She then replied with a R35.9 million quote from Digital Vibes, and got the nod from Pillay.