Gauteng Premier David Makhura fires health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has fired Dr Bandile Masuku from his position as Health MEC following allegations of corruption.

Presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife – Johannesburg MMC, Loyiso Masuku – were placed on leave in July following a controversial multi-million rand personal protective equipment (PPE) tender scandal.

SIU investigation has found that Masuku had failed to execute his function in compliance with the constitution and public financial act.

“The SIU has found that the Health MEC, Bandile Masuku, has failed to execute his function in compliance with the constitution and public finance management act, based on the finding I have decided to discharge Dr Bandile Masuku from his responsibilities as the Gauteng MEC for Health,” said Makhura.

Meanwhile, Masuku has denied involvement in alleged COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPEs) tender irregularities. He has refuted the allegations as unfounded saying the awarding of contracts within the department rests with the Supply Chain Management in the Finance department.

In July, Masuku said, if evidence of corruption is found at his department action will be taken and offenders prosecuted.

The MEC has also refuted any suggestion that COVID-19 procurement is being used as a means to raise funds ahead of African National Congress (ANC) conferences.