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2 Aug
“Nkosi Thandisizwe Diko is an “impostor” who misrepresents the AmaBhaca nation and lies about being a king to amass wealth for himself through political connections. This is according to the AmaBhaca royal family, which has distanced itself from the 41-year-old.”
“Diko, who is the husband of Khusela Diko, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, made headlines recently after it emerged that his company, Royal Bhaca Projects,
scored a tender from the department of health in Gauteng for personal protective equipment (PPE) amounting to R125 million.”
Read 29 tweets
2 Aug
“THE Gauteng Department of Health has paid Royal Bhaca Projects at least R80 million for its personal protective equipment (PEE) services over the past week alone through a front company known as Ledla Structural Development, Independent Media can reveal.”
“The money was channelled through Ledla in 12 tranches of between R120000 and R38m after the company invoiced for items that bear a striking resemblance in value,quantity and pricing to the ones supplied by Royal Bhaca, according to payment records,official documents and sources”
“It’s unclear whether the R80m payment was the balance or a portion of the R125m contract controversially awarded to King Madzikane ll Thandisizwe Diko, the husband of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, in March.”
Read 23 tweets
8 Jun
“SA has already been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown declared by the government, but indications are the worst may still be to come for the Eastern Cape, even as it appears to be business as usual for most people on the streets of the metros,
towns and rural villages of the province.”
“Monday marks 80 days since “patient zero”, the first infection recorded in the province. Since then, 101 people have died.”
Read 16 tweets
6 Jun
“The private health-care system seems to be buckling under the pressure as Covid-19 cases rise in the province, and reports of a shortage of beds at Life St Dominic’s have surfaced.”
“According to three nurses who work at the hospital, a shortage of beds has resulted in Covid-19 patients and non-Covid patients being cramped up in the hospital’s only casualty ward.”
“They said the hospital was continuing to admit patients even though it had reached its capacity.”
Read 20 tweets
26 May
“The Eastern Cape health system is reeling as health workers fearing for their own safety refuse to treat Covid-19 patients, putting added pressure on state and private hospitals scrambling to meet requirements ahead of an expected spike in coronavirus cases.”
“On Friday, Frere Hospital in East London was ordered to immediately shut down over concerns that measures for stopping Covid-19 — including access control —
were inadequate, and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) believes this situation is only the “tip of the iceberg”.
Read 27 tweets
25 May
“On 9 March, a patient who had recently traveled to Europe and had symptoms of COVID-19 visited the emergency department of St Augustine’s, a private hospital in Durban, South Africa.”
“Eight weeks later, 39 patients and 80 staff linked to the hospital had been infected, and 15 patients had died—fully half the death toll in KwaZulu-Natal province at that time.”
“Now, scientists at the University of KwaZulu-Natal have published a detailed reconstruction of how the virus spread from ward to ward and between patients, doctors, and nurses, based on floor maps of the hospital, analyses of staff and patient movements, and viral genomes.”
Read 16 tweets
26 Apr
“Health minister Zweli Mkhize is said to have “lost his cool” with allegedly incompetent Eastern Cape health officials this week.”
“He visited the Nelson Mandela Bay district on Wednesday. The minister’s annoyance came, according to people who were there, after a presentation by Dr John Black, head of the infectious diseases and HIV unit at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.”
“Mkhize is said to have been upset by local government officials’ incompetence and lack of accountability in the Covid-19 outbreak in the province.
There have been 480 cases of Covid-19 in the province, an increase of 210 in a week, and six deaths.”
Read 24 tweets
23 Apr
“Furious with the Eastern Cape government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nelson Mandela Bay, health minister Zweli Mkhize has taken charge, sending a senior director to lead the tracing, screening and testing teams in the city.”
“He also read the riot act to health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and her administrative staff in a meeting behind closed doors in Port Elizabeth, according to three insiders.”
“It followed a presentation by Dr John Black, head of the Infectious Diseases and HIV Unit at Livingstone Hospital, who painted a bleak picture of a department that is hopelessly ill-prepared to deal with the virus.”
Read 21 tweets
26 Feb
“amaBhungane previously reported how a tenderpreneur who paid apparent kickbacks to EFF leaders won a rigged Tshwane fuel tender. It now appears that he also had help on the inside.”
“Hendrick Kganyago, the man who paid millions into EFF-linked accounts when he won a lucrative City of Tshwane fuel tender, seems to have had help on the inside too – a close relative is a city employee charged with overseeing contracts from which he benefitted.”
“amaBhungane previously reported that Kganyago, the owner of Balimi Barui Trading (BBT),paid R15-million to three companies linked to EFF leader Julius Malema and the party’s new secretary-general, Marshall Dlamini,during and after a tender to supply the city with its fuel needs”
Read 9 tweets
17 Jan
“Former Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza’s name is entangled in an R11-billion boiler tube maintenance contract at the ailing power utility,
where a company of his distant relative has emerged as one of those that made it through to the final bidding process for the critical contract.”
“The relationship, and the possibility of a conflict of interest, raised questions inside Eskom in the days before his resignation last week.”
Read 30 tweets
12 Oct 19
“Minister of transport Fikile Mbalula has been accused of flying to the wrong province in a bid to broker peace in ongoing taxi wars – arriving in the Eastern Cape instead of his intended destination of KwaZuluNatal.”
“Mbalula, accompanied by his staff, was on a mission to bring an end to the bloody violence in KwaZulu-Natal after a Translux bus driver was shot dead and the driver of a second bus wounded recently.”
“However, he arrived at the East London industrial development zone on Friday, with Eastern Cape transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe in tow – only to be told by taxi bosses that no bus driver had been killed in the province.”
Read 10 tweets