- The owner of Commutu Investment, a company which reportedly received almost R5 million to build 9 pit toilets at an Eastern Cape school, has denied being paid so much
- Lunga Nxumalo, the owner, says his company actually received R3.3 million
- An investigation has since been launched to look into the questionable contract
The business owner who reportedly received R4.8 million to construct 9 pit toilets at a school has denied that he was paid such an amount.
Lunga Nxumalo, head of Commu Investment, said that his company only received R3.3 million for the project.
This comes after a report found that Nxumalo's company installed 9 pit toilets at Myolwa Senior Primary School in the Eastern Cape - a school which does not have even one proper classroom.
Questions were raised about why the funds were not spent on building classrooms instead, and why pit toilets were constructed rather than toilets with proper plumbing.
Additionally, the huge amount charged for the construction is unusual.
While Commutu Investment reportedly earned just under R5 million for the job, Nxumalo has said that the actual figure was closer to R3 million. This means that his company was paid over R300 000 per pit toilet, at least.
Nxumalo explained this by saying that building toilets was not his company's area of expertise, adding that they were actually "consultants", according to City Press.
However, this just raises more questions about why Commutu Investment was contracted to build the toilets in the first place.
As a result of the irregularities, the Eastern Cape finance MEC has launched an investigation into the matter.
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