A R150m contract the health department awarded to an obscure communications company run by health minister Zweli Mkhize’s former staff members was irregularly awarded and contravened the Public Finance Management Act, an investigation has found.

The health department awarded the contract to Digital Vibes in 2019 for work on National Health Insurance and then extended it to include work on the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Key players in Digital Vibes were Mkhize’s former personal assistant, Tahera Mather, and his former secretary, Naadhira Mitha...

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