Zweli Mkhize ‘deliberately’ ignored advice to use GCIS: SIU report
Investigators found he overlooked a cabinet memorandum recommending the government agency for communications
Former health minister Zweli Mkhize blatantly ignored a cabinet memorandum advising that the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) roll out the National Health Insurance (NHI) communications strategy to save costs.
Instead Mkhize, who was part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet at the time, went out of his way to ensure Digital Vibes, the company linked to his close associates, was awarded a R150m tender from the national department of health.
“It is astonishing that the minister thereafter, contrary to the cabinet memorandum, allowed Digital Vibes to be appointed by the national department of health [NDOH] in respect of the national health insurance [NHI] media campaign. In fact, it can be argued that the minister deliberately ignored a cabinet decision [of which he formed part] in this regard,” read the explosive findings in the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report released on Wednesday. ..