- A Mpumalanga politician set taxpayers back R348 000 for an extended stay in a luxury hotel
- MEC Lindiwe Ntshalintshali spent seven months in the hotel after rejecting six homes that had been allocated to her
- Amongst the complaints about the potential homes were security issues, according to a report
Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, Mpumalanga MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation, spent around seven months staying at the Emnotweni Sun Hotel last year.
The 'fussy' politician had allegedly rejected six different houses that had been allocated to her, resulting in the extended stay.
After her appointment as MEC, the department confirmed that she accumulated a hefty R348 743.29 bill during her stay.
City Press reports that the delay was caused by a scarcity of houses that met requirements, which included security measures.
The publication reports that anonymous officials claimed Ntshalintshali had “complained about the slightest faults such as flaking paint and not enough sunlight coming into a house”.
Another official claimed that her attitude had been tiring for many during the ordeal:
“She was too fussy and difficult. Everybody was fed up with her attitude."
The rest of the new MECs had happily settled into their new homes following their appointment with the exception of one, who opted to remain in his own house.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko is at the centre of a Covid-19 PPE scandal.
Diko's husband, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko's company Royal Bhaca Projects was handed R125 million in contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health, according to the Sunday Independent.
Royal Bhaca secured two contracts to the tune of R47 million and R78 million to supply and deliver PPE to the department.
Diko also serves as a member of the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee. The contracts were part of the R2.2 billion in PPE tenders handed out by the Gauteng Health Department just days after Ramaphosa announced the lockdown.
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