Allegations about Digital Vibes could be fatal for Health Minister


“There is nothing like being lectured on accountability and ‘due process’ by a department that has demonstrated no real understanding of the concepts. Had Health Minister Zweli Mkhize any notion of the idea, he would have taken temporary leave while the Special Investigating Unit concludes its probe into a Covid contract handed out by the department to his friends and relatives,” reported Financial Mail (27 May 2021).

“The allegations, if proved true, could be fatal for Mkhize’s career, in part because they involve irregular spending of money meant to alleviate the most punishing health crisis to face SA, at a time where Mkhize himself is the figurative face of the country’s response.”

“Legitimate” is not, by any stretch of the imagination, what you’d call the astonishing R3.65-million that Digital Vibes was paid for “organising” Mkhize’s appearance on an SABC bulletin in December 2020, to announce the second wave. Reflect on the ethical implications: charging a cash-strapped government to appear on the public broadcaster, in the interest of public health.

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