Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku has taken leave of absence pending the investigation into the personal protective equipment (PPE) tender allegations.

THE African National Congress in Gauteng has confirmed on Tuesday that it will engage with President Cyril Ramaphosa to extend presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko’s leave of absence from her government duties.

Diko, Gauteng Health MEC, Bandile Masuku and his wife, MMC for Corporate and Shared Services in the City of Johannesburg, Loyiso Masuku, were placed on leave in July following a controversial multi-million rand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tender scandal.

The R125-million contract was awarded to Royal Bhaca, a company owned by Diko’s husband.

The ANC PEC met on Sunday to discuss, among others, preparations for 2021 Local Government Elections and the Provincial Integrity Commission’s report.

The PEC said it had extended their leave of absence to look into the party’s integrity commission’s report.

“We are now starting to talk to their bosses for the implementation of that decision. We think it’s in the interest of the bosses that they allow this process to clear them so that when they come back, if they do, the boss doesn’t have to deal with other implications of this decision,” said ANC provincial spokesperson Jacob Khawe.

On July 30, the ANC and the Gauteng government, under Premier David Makhura, pleaded with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to conclude its investigations within six weeks so as to allow the party to execute consequence management on the three party members as they occupied senior positions in government.

SIU spokesman Kaizer Kganyago has said that Diko would be questioned over the PPE scandal.

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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