Special Investigating Unit, Department Of Health

Government spokesperson sues SIU and the Sunday Times for R500 000

Government spokesperson sues SIU and the Sunday Times for R500 000

2021-10-19 10:25:00 PM

Government spokesperson sues SIU and the Sunday Times for R500 000

Government spokesperson Ndabezihle Sibiya is suing the Special Investigating Unit , a forensic accountant, Arena Holdings, and the Sunday Times editor and printer for R500 000 in damages, for claiming he was linked to Sotobe Media, in the matter between the SIU and Digital Vibes

Zweli Mkhize strikes back at SIU Digital Vibes findings.Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)The National Department of Health had appointed Digital Vibes, in November 2019, as the communication service provider regarding the National Health Insurance Bill and the department’s policy for one year, renewable annually for a maximum period of three years, for the total value of R144 million.

From January 2020 to February 2021, the department allegedly paid more than R150 million to Digital Vibes.Sibiya said, in February 2021, after receiving information regarding potential irregularities in the department awarding the NHI media campaign to Digital Vibes, the SIU appointed Ngubane Assurance and Tax Advisory to conduct a forensic investigation into this appointment.

The conclusion reached by the firm’s report, in May, was that the Digital Vibes appointment and conclusion of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) were irregular and unlawful, and that the subsequent expansion of the SLA, to include Covid-19 communication was “unauthorised, irregular and unlawful”. headtopics.com

In June, the tribunal granted the SIU an interim interdict, for just over R22m, that was held in a number of accounts.“In terms of the said interim order, the SIU was directed to bring a review application within 30 days, from June 17. The SIU brought a review application, which is currently pending in the Special Tribunal.

“In the founding affidavit in support of the review application, the SIU alleged that it traced subsequent transfers of funds, received by Digital Vibes from the department, to various parties. It further alleges that the funds received, by those parties from Digital Vibes, constitute undue gratification or were transferred for purposes of money laundering or as proceeds of unlawful activities,” read Sibiya’s affidavit.

He said one of the parties that allegedly received these funds from Digital Vibes was Sotobe Media. It allegedly received an amount of R9 781 250.Sibiya said that according to the SIU founding affidavit, as detailed in Le Roux’s affidavit, large sums of money were allegedly paid to individuals with links to former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

South Africa - Pretoria - 10 July 2020 - Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize visit Tshwane District Hospital to monitor the level of preparedness as the province has become the epicenter for Covid-19. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA)In Le Roux’s affidavit, Sotobe Media was listed as a potential implicated entity and that its director was Sithembiso Sikhumbuzo Sibiya, and that Sithembiso was Ndabezinhle Sibiya, Mkhize’s previous spokesperson. headtopics.com

Sibiya said that after the SIU deposed this affidavit, theSunday Timeshad, on July 31 and August 1, published the names of the people and entities that received funds from Digital Vibes.He said the following was recorded in the article: “Sotobe Media, a company “potentially” related to Mkhize’s former spokesman Ndabezinhle Sibiya.”

He had attached the relevant pages of the Sunday Times article in his court papers as an annexure.“TheSunday Timesmodified improperly what is contained in the affidavit of the SIU and, thus, perpetuated the falsehood in the affidavit,” he said.Sibiya denied knowledge of this company and also said he did not know its directors. He said his attorneys conducted a Windeed search of Sotobe Media, which listed the directors – with his name excluded – and had attached it as an annexure to his affidavit.

He also detailed that, in August, his attorney sent a letter of demand to the SIU, stating that he was “falsely and wrongfully associated with Sotobe Media”. His attorneys said this could have been avoided had the SIU contacted him.His attorneys said the reference was defamatory and infringed Sibiya’s constitutional right to be heard, prior to publication of his name. They called for the SIU to expunge his name from the proceedings by August 6.

His attorneys sent a similar letter to theSunday Timesand demanded payment of R500 000 for the defamatory allegations published. As an alternative, his attorneys demanded that theSunday Timesretract his alleged association to Sotobe, and to issue an apology on its front page, by August 7. In response, the Sunday Times said their story was based on the SIU affidavit and that the reporter attempted unsuccessfully to contact Sotobe Media, and was unable to get Sibiya’s contact details. headtopics.com

“I have suffered harm and continue to suffer harm to my reputation, both in a personal and official capacity, because of the widespread dissemination of the statement linking me to a company that is being investigated for corruption.“Furthermore, there is a reasonable apprehension that the respondents will continue causing harm to me, given that they have refused to expunge the reference to my name from proceedings that are pending before the Special Tribunal and have refused to retract the reference to my name from the

Sunday Times,” read Sibiya’s affidavit.He said he felt he had no alternative remedy that could afford him the protection he needed.To comment on this story send a WhatsApp message to our BackChat column on 071 485 7995 Read more: IOL News »

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