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JUST IN | Bandile Masuku instructs lawyers to challenge SIU report that got him axed

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Former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said he would be going to court to have the findings against him by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) set aside.

The SIU report makes incorrect and non-factual findings about my role as Executive Authority. It is unclear whether the report is final, and to this end I have written to the Premier to explain to him that, in fact, and in law, I will be exercising my rights to review the findings in a court of law to set them aside-Mr Masuku

Former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said he would be going to court to have the findings against him by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) set aside.

This comes after Premier David Makhura announced on Friday morning that Masuku had been fired.

The SIU found that Masuku failed to execute his functions in compliance with the Constitution and Public Finance Management Act following COVID-19 PPE fraud.

Masuku said the preliminary findings by the SIU were incorrect and non-factual when referring to his role as an executive authority.

He also accused the SIU of ignoring affidavits and making no mention of the facts provided.

Earlier Makhura said the investigation had still not been concluded….

“With regard to the substantive public interest issue of whether the MEC was involved in acts of corruption or collusion, the SIU has reported to me that this investigation is ongoing.”

Masuku – a medical doctor – was appointed last year in his first-ever high-ranking public office post.

SA TIMES News understands Makhura gave Masuku the option to bow out with his dignity intact by resigning, but the latter rejected the option, saying it would be considered as an admission of guilt.

Among the investigated suppliers which won tenders to provide the department with personal protective equipment is a company belonging to presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband. It was awarded a contract worth over R100 million, which was later supposedly cancelled.

The Masukus and the Dikos are close family friends.