Dr Bandile Masuku has been fired as the Gauteng Health MEC.
The move follows a report from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), which found Masuku to have failed to execute his functions in compliance with the Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).
Premier David Makhura made the announcement on Friday, during a Gauteng Provincial Command Council briefing on COVID-19.
Makhura says while Masuku has done a sterling job since taking office in May 2019, the facts before him have necessitated his decision.
The investigation into alleged Personal Protective Equipment corruption in the province is, however, continuing.
Makhura says he won’t fill Masuku’s post until the probe is completed as he wants to know whether the fired MEC was involved in acts of collusion or corruption.
The Premier says he will reinstate Masuku should he be cleared of wrongdoing.
He has also expressed hope for the probe to be completed soon.
Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo will continue to act in Masuku’s post until the SIU’s final report is released.
Masuku was placed on special leave in July following suspicions of impropriety against him after it emerged that the company of President’s Spokesperson, Khusela Diko, had been awarded a R125 million PPE contract.
The Dikos are friends with the Masukus. The former Health MEC and the President’s Spokesperson also serve together in the ANC Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
Diko, Masuku and his wife – Loyiso who works in the Johannesburg Mayor’s office, have all denied any wrongdoing in the matter.