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Mkize’s admission regarding contract raises questions about National Health Insurance

The admission by the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, during a media conference this morning, which was held to address an irregular contract with the communications company Digital Vibes, raises various questions about whether the National Health Insurance (NHI) will be safeguarded against corruption or not.

The FF Plus has repeatedly asked the Minister to assure the people that the NHI will not be affected by corruption, but he was unable to provide such a guarantee.

The Digital Vibes case demonstrates that the NHI will not be immune to corruption and that it is inevitable that the NHI will be hijacked by corrupt politicians and cadres even before it has been properly implemented.

The unlawful appointment of Digital Vibes and the irregular payments amounting to R150 million made to the company between January 2020 and February 2021 serve as proof that corruption stretches far wider and deeper in the Department of Health than what was originally thought.

The FF Plus is of the opinion that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that thorough investigations into the Department of Health must be conducted.

The FF Plus is eagerly awaiting the final release of the report on the matter by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

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