Zweli Mkhize: I will respect any decision by the president

Zweli Mkhize: I will respect any decision by the president
CORRUPTION VIBES: Disgraced Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize's future hangs in balance as pressure mounts for Ramaphosa to fire him. PICTURE BY: News24

He says he is a discipline member of the ANC.

Suspended Health minister Zweli Mkhize has said he will wait for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision regarding his post.

In an interview with Scrolla.Africa, Mkhize said he will respect any decision taken by the president amid the looming cabinet reshuffle.

Mkhize’s job as Health Minister was dealt a blow after allegations that he might have influenced the decision to award Digital Vibes a R150 million contract from his department.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) launched a probe into the matter and directly linked Mkhize and his son, Dedani, to the deal.

Ramaphosa subsequently put Mkhize on special leave in June 2021.

Mkhize said he has always been a disciplined member of the ANC and will continue to be one.

“I have cooperated with the Special Investigations Unit. As I have said before, we will pay back any amount if we are ordered to do so.” he said

Ramaphosa is known for always biding his time before making any big decisions has played his cards very close to his chest till now. However, pressure is growing for him to axe Mkhize.

The suspended minister supported him in his successful bid in becoming ANC president at NASREC in 2017, and with the ANC’s elective conference set for next year, Ramaphosa doesn’t want to create enemies.

The ANC’s Pule Mabe said it was the prerogative of the president to fire and hire ministers.

“We don’t know of any imminent cabinet reshuffle. But if it happens it will be nothing new.” said Mabe

Ramaphosa gave a hint last week that a shaking up of his cabinet might happen imminently. He has also been expected to appoint a new minister in the presidency following the death of Jackson Mthembu in January.