Explainer: The rot uncovered behind Mzansi's official state funerals

Explainer: The rot uncovered behind Mzansi's official state funerals

- Minister Patricia de Lille has vowed to take action against officials caught inflating prices for state funerals

- Government employees were busted doing work with the state and the Public Works head is taking action

- In one instance the funeral of three ANC veterans cost the state R76 million

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Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has made the corruption uncovered relating to official state funerals.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the funeral of three ANC struggle veterans, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, cost taxpayers R76 million.

But how did officials manage to score from the tenders to bury those close to the hearts of South Africans?

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The state employees were allegedly found to be doing business with the government, a violation of the Public Finance Management Act and the code of ethics for civil servants.

The minister confirmed that Crocia Events, a company who secured a two-year agreement to provide infrastructure for state funerals, was caught ripping off the government.

The service provider had submitted inflated invoices, billing for items that the department had not requisitioned, reports Cape Talk.

De Lille has given orders for fraud charges to be laid against all those implicated, with internal proceedings already underway for government officials involved:

"We are also formulating criminal charges to be laid. And then there are internal processes where we found a violation of the Public Finance Management Act and the public service code of ethics."

The minister has also requested that the Special Investigating Unit's special tribunal must launch a civil suit against the business.

De Lille has now requested Parliament to cap the amounts allowed for these events, commenting:

"My proposal is that we as Cabinet members must come together and review the current funeral policy."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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