Who is Chief Thandisizwe Diko? husband of Khusela Diko, Death and Cause, Biography, Wiki
Chief Thandisizwe Diko II has died after a short illness, the KwaBhaca Great Kingdom said in a statement on Monday morning.
Chief Thandisizwe Diko Age
He was 43 years old.
Khusela Diko Husband Chief Thandisizwe Diko Death
“Ingonyama Madzikane II Diko passed away in the afternoon of Sunday, 21 February 2021 in East London, following [a] short illness,” the kingdom said.
Family member Zolile Makaula confirmed to TimesLIVE that he passed away in a hospital in East London after a short illness.
“I can confirm he passed away last night in hospital,” he said, adding he could not provide further details.
Chief Thandisizwe Diko Obuitry, Funeral
“iSizwe samaBhaca and the royal family are still coming to terms with this shocking and painful loss of our beloved father, son and husband, and will make further announcements once the kingdom has finalized the arrangements for the burial.”
“His death took us by surprise, usizimele usibali. This has left us devastated,” his brother-in-law, Prince Vuluthuba Sangoni, told DispatchLIVE.
The KwaBhaca Great Kingdom confirmed his “untimely passing after a short illness.”.
“iSizwe samaBhaca and the royal family are still coming to terms with this shocking and painful loss of our beloved father, son and husband,” the statement read.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support and grief since the news of His Majesty’s passing first became known. We thank you for keeping the family and iSizwe samaBhaca in your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.”
Arrangements for the funeral are yet to be arranged.
Chief Thandisizwe Diko and Khusela Diko
Diko was the husband of beleaguered presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, who took a leave of absence due to her husband’s involvement in a controversial R139 million personal protective equipment (PPE) tender last year with the Gauteng health department.
Khusela Diko is currently on special leave.
The Dikos have been in the spotlight because of a R125 million tender the late chief received from the Gauteng Health Department last year.
After issues of conflict of interest were raised, that decision was revoked and no money was paid.
The Dikos later admitted that the decision to get into business with the government was an error of judgement.
Meanwhile, Diko’s wife, Khusela remains on suspension from her job in the Presidency while a disciplinary process continues.
The PPE tender scandal also cost Bandile Masuku his job as Gauteng Health MEC.
Chief Thandisizwe Diko Allegations
The tender is alleged to have been inflated by 800%.
Chief Thandisizwe Diko Investigations
The Special Investigating Unit is still trying to recover some of the money.
Chief Thandisizwe Diko Cause of Death
The cause of his sudden death is still unclear, but a source close to Diko has undertaken to provide more information soon.