The Ministry of Health has rubbished the message that has appeared on several social media platforms, claiming that the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, owns a PPE manufacturing company. These claims were shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.
“We would like to categorically state that Minister Mkhize does not own a PPE manufacturing company nor is he involved in any way in the manufacturing of PPE. In anticipation of any further emergence of fake news, we also categorically state that nobody in Minister Mkhize’s family is in the business of manufacturing, selling or distribution of PPE. “the Ministry said on Monday.
The Health department urged people not to become agents of fake news.” This kind of content is damaging to the reputation of honest, hardworking members of the executive. It distracts away from and undermines the important work of fighting the Coronavirus.”
In recent weeks the government has been criticised for awarding Covid-19-related tenders to party members, family and friends.