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Ramaphosa Spokesperson Facing Disciplinary Action Over PPE Scandal

Khusela Diko, the spokesperson to President Ramaphosa whose husband was allegedly involved in the Gauteng PPE corruption scandal, will be facing an internal disciplinary process, conducted by the Presidency.

Last year, Diko took special leave as a result of the allegations revealing her husband’s company irregularly secured tender for the provision of personal protective equipment from the Gauteng Health Department. The Health Department was then led by his family friend and close ally, Bandile Masuku, who also stepped aside voluntarily and has since been been removed from the provincial cabinet by Premier David Makhura.

Special Investigating Unit (SIU) found Masuku to have failed in his oversight responsibility as the political head of the department, but have still yet to find Masuku or Diko of having been party to tender manipulation allegations. In a statement from the Presidency on Sunday, it said the SIU had indicated that while it was still investigating the corruption component of its probe, it had not found any evidence pointing to Diko’s involvement, but that an internal disciplinary procedure will be carried out in the meantime.

“During the investigation, the SIU did, however, identify a concern regarding Ms Diko’s duty to disclose all her financial interests,” the Presidency said, according to IOL. “The relevant processes prescribed in the public service regulations and related documents will be triggered and handled by the acting director-general of the Presidency, including consideration of whether Ms Diko remains on special leave or is formally suspended pending the disciplinary process.”

As part of the ANC’s Gauteng provincial executive committee, both Diko and Masuku will face disciplinary action from the party over the allegations. Masuku is, however, challenging the SIU report that resulted in his dismissal by Makhura.

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