South Africa’s health minister put on special leave over graft allegations

PUBLISHED: Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:08:51 GMT
Nqobile Dludla
Reuters
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JOHANNESBURG, June 8 (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa put his Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave on Tuesday, after allegations his department irregularly awarded a COVID-19-related contract to a communications company controlled by his former aids.

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Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will serve as acting Minister of Health until further notice, Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Tim Cocks)