Public Works reveals that ministers owe thousands for residences

Public Works reveals that ministers owe thousands for residences

Despite the amount ministers pay for their residences ranging between only R988 and R1200 a month, the Department of Public Works has revealed that R1.2 million remains unsettled for rental payments

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The Department of Public Works has revealed that R1.2 million remains unpaid towards the rental of ministerial residences which only cost between R988 and R1200 per month.

At the current amount, one can surmise about 1000 months worth of rent have not been paid by ministers and deputy ministers, although this would depend on if the department had been charging interest on arrears.

“The challenge with collecting rental income for ministerial residences is a systemic one,” said Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi.

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He chalked the high amount up to departments not putting the usual stop orders in place from the minister’s monthly income.

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Nxesi further said that due to the fact that the ministers had not deliberately fallen into arrears, it would be unfair to name who had fallen behind on their rent.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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