Disgraced Health Minister #2: UK embroiled in Han-cockgate

Arthur Greene

As Ramaphosa’s presidential axe hangs above Zweli Mkhize, the health minister might find comfort in the latest scandal surrounding the UK’s own embattled health minister, Matt Hancock.

Han-cockgate exploded onto the UK press on Friday, after CCTV footage emerged of the married health minister passionately kissing his communications aide, who is also married.

Despite UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson quickly forgiving his minister on Saturday, Hancock – who has been blamed for repeated bungling over Covid – resigned from his post later that day. 

In the painfully awkward clip of the encounter, Hancock shuts his office door before embracing Gina Coladangelo. He kisses her before immediately placing his hand on her backside.

The steamy encounter took place on 6 May, when UK Covid regulations outlawed physical intimacy between people of different households. This means that Hancock was breaking the very laws he had implemented.

On Saturday, he apologised for his actions, saying: “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

“I have let people down and am very sorry.”

Soon after the clip emerged, it surfaced that Coladangelo is an in fact an old friend of Hancock’s, after the two bonded at university over their shared love of radio.

Coladangelo, a millionaire ex-lobbyist, was secretly hired by Hancock last year on taxpayers’ money.

In September, Hancock appointed her as a non-executive director, making her a powerful member of the department’s oversight board.

Hancock reportedly left his wife for Coladangelo on Friday as the story exploded. 

Like Mkhize’s relationship with “comrades” Tahera Mather and Naadhira Mitha at Digital Vibes, this has raised questions about corruption within the government.

The video has also emerged just weeks after texts came to light in which Boris Johnson describes Matt Hancock as being “hopeless” and “totally f**king useless” at dealing with the pandemic.

The texts were revealed by Johnson’s former right-hand man, Dominic Cummings, who has publicly accused Hancock of telling multiple “lies” over his handling of the pandemic.

Cummings also accused the former health minister of sending infected elderly back to care homes, squandering millions on failed PPE contracts and driving a R740 billion rand Covid Test and Trace system which doesn’t work properly.

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