Former Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has filed legal papers in the High Court in Pretoria.

He is seeking an urgent hearing over a Special Investigating Unit’s report that led to his sacking.

The former MEC wants the report declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

He was fired this month after he was found to have failed to execute his executive duties in the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Gauteng Health.

A R124 million tender awarded to the Masukus’ family friend, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, is among the controversies that sparked the battle. Diko is also the husband of Presidential Spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

While the preliminary report had not found Masuku to have exerted his influence in the matter – investigations are still ongoing and Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised to reinstate the former MEC should he be proven innocent.

However, Masuku is having none of this and wants his name cleared urgently. He says he has been co-operating with the investigations – both at a party and government level; took a firm stance against corruption and ordered a probe into alleged PPE procurement irregularities back in April.

Presidential Spokesperson Khusela Diko is meanwhile on leave while investigations continue.

The Gauteng ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) has ordered that both Masuku and Diko face a disciplinary process.

It has also suspended them from party activities pending the outcome of the disciplinary process.