"We faced a crisis, we cannot have people taking advantage of the situation." These are the words of health minister Zweli Mkhize in an interview with the FM last year to mark being dubbed Newsmaker of the Year in recognition of how he had become the face of the government as it navigated the pandemic.

Mkhize has since been embroiled in a scandal in which close associates have benefited from a R150m communications contract from his department linked to their company Digital Vibes. According to the Daily Maverick, which broke the story and carried several follow-ups, the contract also benefited his family...

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