De Lille: Zondo Inquiry costs nearly R1 million monthly for rent alone

De Lille: Zondo Inquiry costs nearly R1 million monthly for rent alone

- Minister Patricia de Lille has announced that R14.8 million has gone towards housing the state capture inquiry so far

- This follows an EFF question over the amount paid to accommodate the Zondo Commission

- The monthly cost of simply hosting the inquiry is currently running close to R1 million a month

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Patricia de Lille has told Parliament that R14.8 million has been paid to Tiso Blackstar and Redefine Properties.

The Public Works and Infrastructure Minister confirmed that the high sum had been handed over to the companies to house the Zondo Commission.

IOL reports that this had been in response to a question posed by the Economic Freedom Fighters, who had demanded to know exactly how much the media and property companies were benefiting from the endeavour.

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Offices rented at the Tiso Blackstar complex ran at nearly R73 000, while the auditorium came at the steep price of R797 000, seeing the monthly cost running close to R1 million, writes The Citizen.

In her written response to the Red Beret question, De Lille had explained how long the contracts were valid for:

“The lease agreements with Tiso Blackstar were signed for 12 months and have been extended for a further period of seven months. The lease agreement with Redefine was signed for three years."

Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had confirmed the inquiry had thus far cost the state over R100 million and hopes to conclude its work mid-2020.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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