Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
8 Jun 2021
7:36 pm

Kubayi-Ngubane: Was tourism minister the best choice to replace Mkhize?

Brian Sokutu

There are questions over why President Cyril Ramaphosa chose Kubayi-Ngubane as acting health minister over her more qualified, experienced colleagues.

Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s move to put embattled Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on special leave – replacing him with Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in an acting capacity - has been cautiously welcomed, despite the latter lacking a medical background. ALSO READ: Kubayi-Ngubane and her deputy are chalk and cheese, medically speaking In placing Mkhize on special leave, Ramaphosa on Tuesday said the period would enable the minister “to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider Digital Vibes”. “The Special Investigating Unit [SIU] is investigating this matter and the president awaits a...