- The department of public works spent R30 million on homes for Ministers without following the right processes
- There were also braai facilities fitted to 3 homes without following proper procedures, amounting in R500k of expenses
- The department stated that braai facilities were rented before they installed the facilities at the homes, so money was saved
The department of public works is accused of spending R30 million on 5 homes for Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg Ministers without following the proper processes.
A report by TimesLIVE indicates that 3 of these homes were fitted with braai facilities worth R500 000.
This information was learned from a report to Scopa (parliament's standing committee on public accounts) by the department after concerns were raised that the state is suffering needles losses.
The braai facilities were fitted to homes situated in Cape Town.
The report will be reviewed and debated by the public accounts watchdog sometime soon.
According to the report, the facilities were described as 'fit-for-purpose features'.
Briefly.co.za learned that the report also indicates the houses that were bought for Ministers, were done without going through open tender, which is legally what they're supposed to do. The department chose to use the shopping procedure instead.
The prices of these houses varied between R6 million and R9 million.
The department feels it saved money on the houses after negotiation the prices with the sellers. It added that buying homes for Ministers through open tender takes too much time.
Thamsanqa Mchunu of the public works department stated they followed the shopping procedure to save on costs since Ministers were staying in hotels and rented homes.
Mchunu added that installing security features would end in wasteful spending.
The homes didn't have any such facilities on the properties and it needed to be rented whenever there was a requirement for braai facilities.
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