- The Department of Public Works spent R500 000 on braai areas for the houses of ministers
- Now the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts wants to know why so much was spent to do this
- Scopa is worried about the millions that are spent on the homes of ministers
The Department of Public Works has to answer for the R500 000 that was spent on the braai areas for the homes of ministers.
Briefly.co.za reported at the beginning of August that 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.
South Africans weren't very impressed when they found out:
The Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) addressed this spending on Tuesday and asked if it was really necessary. They expect the department to report back on this by 6pm 29 August.
Themba Godi of Scopa stated that the committee feels it is unfair that South Africans are expected to pay so much for braai areas for ministers. Godi added that Scopa is concerned about the government's priorities.
The Sowetan reports that the department currently owns 148 homes and gives fancy houses to ministers.
Scopa requested information on how much these prestigious homes have cost in maintenance the last 2 years. They also want to know whether some of these houses were declared heritage sites and the maintenance costs of those.
Another worry for Scopa is little limitations on the amounts spent on buying homes for ministers.
According to Godi, the department spends millions on houses for ministers with one home costing about R9 million and another roughly R4 million.
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