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South Africa: Public Protector’s office to open criminal case against Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office plans to lay a criminal case against Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize over his non-compliance with subpoena issued by her office.

 

The Public Protector’s office said on Thursday that a case would be opened at the Brooklyn Police Station in Tshwane this week. Mkhwebane said she had no choice but to initiate contempt procedures against the minister.

Mkhize was subpoenaed to give evidence regarding an investigation into the Department of Health’s alleged failure to implement recommendations of a 2017 clinical associate task team report.

 

Subpoena notices were sent to Mkhize on February 4, 2021 for him to appear before Mkhwebane. Other notices were issued on March 18, April 21, and May 24.

 

Mkhwebane’s office said with each notice, the Department of Health said Mkhize was unavailable.

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