The ANC’s top leaders convinced health minister Zweli Mkhize to step aside temporarily pending an investigation into a communications contract handed to associates of his, arguing that this is necessary to defend the credibility of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reform agenda.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is probing a R150m contract awarded to Digital Vibes, a recently obscure outfit headed by his former personal assistant and former secretary...

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