PPE graft accused Thandisizwe Diko dies after being put on oxygen

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PPE graft accused Thandisizwe Diko dies after being put on oxygen

Family urged to follow Covid-19 protocols at funeral of suspended presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband

Aphiwe Deklerk and Lulamile Feni

Thandisizwe Diko hailed from a royal family in the Eastern Cape but will be remembered for his alleged role in a dodgy Gauteng PPE deal that earned him a monstrous profit, costing his wife, Khusela, her job as presidency spokesperson.

The 43-year-old KwaBhaca chief, from the town formerly known as Mount Frere, died after a short illness on Sunday night, his family said in a statement, without disclosing the nature of his ailment. He fell sick after visiting a relative in East London. Diko phoned family to say he was feeling ill and later told them he had been placed on oxygen at Life Beacon Bay Hospital.

“iSizwe samaBhaca and the royal family are still coming to terms with this shocking and painful loss of our beloved father, son and husband. We are humbled by the outpouring of support and grief since the news of His Majesty's passing first became known. We thank you for keeping the family and iSizwe samaBhaca in your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief,” the family said...

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