In a decision aimed at sending a signal against corruption, President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to permanently remove health minister Zweli Mkhize, who has been engulfed in a scandal involving a multimillion-rand contract irregularly awarded to associates of his.

Business Day has been told that Ramaphosa, who asked Mkhize to take a leave of absence earlier in June, “consulted widely” and decided on an “informed decision to remove” Mkhize, a move he thought would set “an example” and strengthen the credibility of his reform agenda...

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