South Africa

Faster vaccine rollout & a united department: 5 things the DA wants Kubayi-Ngubane to focus on

The DA has outlined five priorities acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane should focus on in Zweli Mkhize's absence.

Kubayi-Ngubane was appointed acting health minister last week after Mkhize was placed on special leave by President Cyril Ramaphosa pending investigations into contracts between the health department and service provider, Digital Vibes.

The department is accused of awarding Digital Vibes a “dodgy” tender worth R150m for communications regarding the National Health Insurance (NHI) rollout in 2019. 

The DA's shadow minister of health Siviwe Gwarube said SA should not be punished for the transgressions of a “minister who has reportedly stuck their hands in the national cookie jar of public funds for personal benefit”. 

She said Kubayi-Ngubane needed to hit the ground amid a third wave of Covid-19 infections in the country.

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