South Africa: Zweli Mkhize steps up his campaign even as law enforcement closes in

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Thursday, 2 June 2022 16:58

Swearing in of Zweli Mkhize as minister of health
Swearing in of Zweli Mkhize as minister of health (photo: Government of South Africa)

South Africa's former health minister Zweli Mkhize has stepped up his campaign to become president of the governing African National Congress (ANC), even as law enforcement agencies close in on him.

His former associates have also turned against him and told investigators that at least R20m ($1.2m) out of the R150m their company, Digital Vibes, scored from a health communications tender, was meant to fund Mkhize’s presidential campaign.

Despite a real possibility of being arrested and charged with corruption before the ANC’s elective conference in December, a step that would put him out of the running, Mkhize is continuing the campaign he started in earnest six months ago.

Hurdles in his way