gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku has failed in his bid to challenge the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report that was used to discharge him of his duties.

While maintaining his innocence of any wrongdoing in the controversial personal protective equipment (PPE) scandal, he had wanted the report set aside. Masuku has consistently denied being dishonest or partaking in illegal or corrupt activities. On Monday, the Pretoria High Court dismissed Masuku’s application with costs, the SIU announced. Masuku rejected the report, which found he had failed to provide oversight and to uphold the Constitution and regulations in the Public Finance Management Act. The SIU was investigating Covid-19 tender irregularities, which included the procurement of PPE at the provincial department of health in the early days of the pandemic. Masuku argued that the SIU report made incorrect and non-factual findings of his role as the executive authority. He claimed that the SIU report ignored all other affidavits and focused on only one. It also made no reference to the information presented by him and his office. Gauteng Premier David Makhura dismissed Masuku late last year. At the time, Makhura indicated to reporters that the SIU process was incomplete, but he had decided to take action against Masuku in the best interests of clean governance.

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