Suspended Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku to face ANC disciplinary committee.

THE ANC in Gauteng has resolved that Dr Bandile Masuku and suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko should be taken to the disciplinary committee, and step aside from all organizational work and activities.

Gauteng’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) held a two-day special meeting virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday, to determine what action to be taken on the matters related to alleged corruption in the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Gauteng Health Department.

In a statement, the PEC said the outcome of the Disciplinary Committee will determine if both Masuku and Diko should remain PEC members or be removed.

The PEC also agreed that Masuku and Diko be barred from attending organizational work until finalization of the DC process.

In a statement, ANC Gauteng secretary Jacob Khawe said the outcome of the disciplinary process would determine if the two would continue being PEC members.

“In order to protect the integrity of both the ANC and the affected members, the PEC resolved that Masuku and Diko should not participate in organisational processes that relates to the finalisation of the PEC decision,” he said.

It also endorsed Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s decision to remove Masuku from his MEC position.

“The PEC therefore resolved to unanimously welcome and endorse the decision taken by premier of releasing Comrade Bandile Masuku from his responsibilities of being health MEC. The meeting further mandates the premier to urgently appoint MEC so as to bring in much-needed stability in the department. It is an open secret that the department has no senior staff personnel in the form of MEC, HOD, DDG, CFO and everyone is in the acting capacity.”

The PEC, however, resolved that Masuku’s wife, Loyiso Lugayeni Masuku, should return to her position as MMC in City of Joburg and Deputy Regional Secretary of the party’s Johannesburg region.

“Loyiso Maksuku’s involvement could not be substantiated therefore she can resume her duties,” said provincial treasurer Parks Tau.

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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