Cyril Ramaphosa orders release of SIU report into Digital Vibes saga
Times Live (29 September 2021) reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally authorised the publication of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU)’s report into the health department’s R150-m Digital Vibes communications contract saga. The report found evidence that former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had a conflict of interest as “his friends or associates under the guise of Digital Vibes were unlawfully and irregularly appointed” by the national health department to oversee media campaigns for the NHI and Covid-19. to the presidency”.
It also cited a “lack of oversight” by Mkhize who, it added, “can be argued ... deliberately ignored a cabinet decision” on the communication strategy and implied that his conduct interfered in the affairs of the administrative authority of the national department of health.
Pres Ramaphosa received the report from the SIU in early July 2021.