President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be on ‘Podcast And Chill’. Photo: GCIS/flickr

Ramaphosa on Digital Vibes saga: ‘I’m dealing with this matter’

President Cyril Ramaphosa wants due processes to follow in the SIU probe involving Digital Vibes and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize


President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be on ‘Podcast And Chill’. Photo: GCIS/flickr

President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans and Members of Parliament that he takes Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s implication in the R150 million Digital Vibes debacle seriously and has already spoken with him.

“I had a discussion with the minister and he is co-operating fully and completely on this matter. And what I can say to South Africans is that I am dealing with this matter and there is full co-operation from the minister,” Ramaphosa said.

The president was in the national assembly on Wednesday, 02 June 2021, where he tabled his office’s budget vote.

“So let us allow this process to unfold and thereafter we will know what needs to be done.”

Digital Vibes, a communications company run by two associates of Mkhize, scored a R150 million contract from the Department of Health for COVID-19-related projects. The company had also received tenders from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in 2018, during which Mkhize was minister.

Ramaphosa not axing Zweli Mkhize yet over Digital Vibes scandal

As calls mount for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action and fire Zweli Mkhize, he has instead emphasised allowing due process to be followed and for the finalisation of a probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), into the Digital Vibes contract.

So it doesn’t look like Ramaphosa will announce a cabinet reshuffle anytime soon.

“These are serious and disturbing allegations and it is essential that they be thoroughly investigated by the Special Investigating Unit and any other appropriate authority, that these investigations be finalised without delay and that due legal process is followed.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa

While the minister has long maintained that he has never benefitted from the contract, an investigation by Daily Maverick says otherwise.

Now it has also emerged that in May 2020, Digital Vibes forked out R160 000 for a 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser at a Pietermaritzburg car dealership. The car is owned by Mkhize’s son, Dedani. It has also been revealed that the company transferred R300 000  to a company belonging to Mkhize jr. That’s not all, Digital Vibes also paid about R7 000 for maintenance work down on a plush Bryanston townhouse, owned by the Mkhize family.