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Masuku, Diko divide the ANC in Gauteng

THE AFRICAN NATIONAL Congress in Gauteng is expected to make official announcement on trio Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku, his wife Johannesburg MMC Loyiso and presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, following their suspensions.

Masuku, Diko divide the ANC in Gauteng

This relates to the Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) scandal in the health department led by Masuku.

However, it seems the delay has been exacerbated by those who back Masuku and team and those against.

The ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee (PEC) has decided against adopting the report by its integrity commission led by ANC stalwart Trevor Fowler, to have been questionable citing -inconsistencies, contradictions and inadequate information.

Following a two-day meeting the PEC it is reported to have argued on factional lines between those who supported the report that called for Masuku to voluntarily step down, while the other group wanted the PIC report that was scathing on the MEC to be sent back for review and amend inconsistencies.

PEC has given the Provincial Working Committee until October 10 to report back with an amended intergrity commission report.

“No we said the report has flaws and that you must go and fix those flaws. That was everybody’s statement who spoke on this,” an insider told Sowetanlive.

“So it goes to the PWC because the PEC would have guided it to say go look at this document and that one.”

The insider said that they agreed the report was “not really conclusive. It’s not really contradictions but it misses certain things and comrades said they were not happy”.

The Sunday Times reported that Masuku challenged the findings of the integrity commission that he did not exercise sufficient oversight at the health department.

According to the alleged report, it indicates that Masuku failed to manage the public perception that he may have benefited from the PPE tenders, which he also disputed in his letter to the integrity commission.

It is understood that those who spoke against report raised concerns that there were no findings of wrongdoing against him, especially on corruption allegations, but it still called for him to step down.

“You say he must resign voluntarily but there is no wrongdoing that you find. So that’s why the PEC felt there was shortcomings with this report.

“We appreciate the report but the PWC will have to look at a few things,” said the insider.

The scandal revolves around Diko’s husband AmaBhaca chief Thandiziwe Diko’s company, Royal Bhaca, having been awarded a R125 million rand Covid-19 PPE tender.

The Masukus and the Dikos are close family friends.

At the time of publishing the decision had not been tabled by both the PEC and PWC.

Image (Fighting for dear life in ‘ICU’ suspended MEC for Health in GP Dr Bandile Masuku).

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