South Africans weigh in as Bandile Masuku takes leave of absence pending PPE tender investigation
Some South Africans have taken to social media to welcome the decision by the Gauteng government to ask provincial health MEC Bandile Masuku to take a leave of absence pending the investigation into the personal protective equipment (PPE) tender allegations.
One Twitter user said the allegations against the MEC have now dimmed his “bright light” and tainted his reputation.
Masuku is facing allegations that he awarded a PPE tender of R125 million to Royal Bhaca project, a company owned by Thandisizwe Diko, the husband of presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko.
The MEC, his wife, Joburg MMC of group corporate and shared services, Loyiso Masuku, and the presidency spokesperson will be investigated by the ANC's integrity commission regarding the irregularities.
On Thursday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said more than 100 companies are under investigation regarding the PPE tenders in the province. On allegations levelled against Masuku, he said they have tainted the good work he's done during the fight against Covid-19.
“These allegations have also damaged the work that the MEC for health, as the lead MEC, Dr Masuku, has been doing. He has been leading our team in the province on this front very well and I must say that I am disappointed,” he said.
One cannot ignore the seriousness with which @GautengProvince premier @David_Makhura seems to be confronting his administration.— caution: asymptomatic nCovid19 🦠 (@tebogokhaas) July 30, 2020
Whilst we await the outcome of investigation re MEC @bandilemasuku and others, it would be wise to not pass judgement. The allegations are damning.
What is Bandile Masuku waiting for? Why is he not resigning? 😒— Ntando Sindane ☭ (@uNtandoSindane) July 30, 2020
Why cancel the contract if u didn't do anything wrong. They are just corrupt, full stop!!! Khusela, Bandile Masuku and his wife must all resign from their positions— Maminkie (@Tshiman82756194) July 30, 2020
The Bandile Masuku story is a sad one. Most of us were rooting for him. We all wanted him to succeed.— Zeus (@LindaMasilela2) July 30, 2020