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SA: Presidency probes Media aide, Ms Diko over irregularities

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The South African Presidency has decided to initiate an internal disciplinary process against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ms Khusela Diko over irregularities relating to procurement by the Gauteng Department of Health.

In a statement released by the South African Government on Monday, to update the General Public on the position of President Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ms Diko, as several media enquiries were received on the matter.

Ms Diko who took special leave from the Presidency in July 2020 in the light of an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into matters relating to procurement by the Gauteng Department of Health.

While the SIU has thus far not obtained any evidence pointing to Ms Diko’s involvement in the awarding of two contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health to Royal Bhacabor in respect of the irregularities identified in respect of such awards.

As the corruption component of the investigation is ongoing, the SIU did however identify a concern regarding Ms Diko’s duty to disclose all her financial interests, while on the basis of a referral from the SIU on her failure to disclose her financial interests.

The Presidency decided to initiate an internal disciplinary process against Ms Diko, as Mr Tyrone Seale will, until further notice, continue as the acting spokesperson for the President Ramaphosa.

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.






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