December 2022 will be a massive month for the African National Congress. The party’s branches from all across the country will come together to elect a new leader. While Cyril Ramaphosa is currently the favourite to get a second term, he seems to have several challenges circling. According to several new reports, former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is getting ready to run for the ANC presidency. in order to have a chance at winning though, Mkhize knows he has to clear his name when it comes to all things Digital Vibes.
Zweli Mkhize challenges Digital Vibes findings
Mkhize has decided to launch a new legal challenge against the Special Investigating Unit. Mkhize wants the SIU’s report into Digital Vibes declared unlawful.
Digital Vibes is a communications company run by two of Mkhize’s close associates. Despite this, the company was still awarded over R150 million worth of contracts for the Department of Health.
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The SIU declared the contract unlawful and found that Mkhize himself had pushed for one of his associates to be appointed as a “communications expert”. It also found that Mkhize and his family had benefited from the contract.
As part of his new legal change at the High Court in Pretoria, Mkhize insists that he is not to blame for the appointment of Digitial Vibes.
Mkhize is said to instead be attempting to shift the blame onto former Health Department Director-General Precious Mtsoso.
Mkhize is also adamant that the entire report is nothing more than an SIU smear campaign against him.
Mkhize for president?
Zweli Mkhize has spent the last several months in KwaZulu-Natal connecting with ANC branches. Mkhize is a former Treasurer General of the ANC. Several ANC insiders have also suggested that Mkhize is considering running for a top 6 position in the party again.
Mkhize previously resigned as Health Minister after the SIU report was released. President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to reshuffle his cabinet at the same time.
With a key support base in KZN, Mkhize may be able to draw big support at the party’s National Elective Conference.
Mkhize says the SIU “erred in law” in its findings. If the courts agree, Ramaphosa has a big headache to deal with.