Suspended Presidency Spokesperson Khusela Diko has been advised to step aside a member of the ANC’s Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee.
Last year, Khusela Diko and for Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku had to step aside from their positions after being implicated in one of South Africa’s biggest PPE corruption scandal.
The Gauteng PEC is said to have taken the decision after the Provincial disciplinary committee found Diko guilty of bringing the ANC into disrepute.
Gauteng ANC Spokesperson Bones Modise confirmed that ANC Provincial disciplinary committee has concluded Diko and Masuku’s investigation for misrepresenting the party.
“I can safely confirm with you that the provincial disciplinary committee has concluded business that was asked from them by the PEC to investigate if comrades, Masuku and Diko have brought the ANC to disrepute…”
Modise explained that Diko and Masuku have not been permanently expelled from the PEC however they have been excluded from the PEC activities until the SIU concluded their investigations into corruption.
“Cde Kusela and Bandile must step aside from the PEC activities until this matter has been concluded by the SIU”, said Modise.
Modise further explained that the disciplinary committee’s decision can not be negotiated compared to the integrity committee.
“The decisions of the disciplinary committee are not up for discussion…It is not the same as the integrity committee where their report is submitted to the PEC and is subjected to amendment or rejection “said Modise.
The tender in question was awarded to Royal Bhaca, a company which belonged to Khusela Diko’s late husband Thandisizwe Diko. Masuku who was Gauteng MEC for Health at the time was also implicated in the tender irregularity and also found that he was a close family friend to the Dikos.
Diko has also been advised by the PEC to extend her special leave from the President’s Office.