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Cyril Ramaphosa pushed to sack an assistant accused of corruption

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Just days after announcing to his compatriots that he had ordered a severe crackdown on corrupt people who abuse Covid-19 contracts, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure to fire a close associate accused of the same practices.

The assistant in question is the Spokesperson for the President, Khusela Diko, whose husband was awarded a $7.4 million contract with the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Health to provide him with personal protective equipment (PPE).

While Diko and her husband have denied any wrongdoing, Economic Freedom Fighters Party (EFF) leader Julius Malema said yesterday Tuesday, 28 July 2020 that Diko’s husband could not have won the contract to supply PPE in Gauteng Provincial Government without the influence of his wife.

Malema declared: “The President must do the honorable thing and ask him to step down to defend the integrity and the image of this Office (Presidency)”.

As a leader who campaigned for the Presidency to end corruption in the country, Ramaphosa “must lead by example,” added Malema.

For its part, the Presidency indicated that the Office was awaiting more information on the events related to the award of the contract to Diko’s husband and his company.

Furthermore, the Presidency stated that Diko had taken a leave of absence and would temporarily relinquish her role in government.

–  APA

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