- Deputy President David Mabuza’s bodyguards allegedly ran up a R10 million bill while living at the Southern Sun Emnotweni in Mpumalanga over the past two years
- The 12 bodyguards have been booked in at the hotel at a daily rate of R1 200 a room since August 2018
- To make matters worse, a quarter of this billwas allegedly incurred in the absence of the deputy president
Deputy President David Mabuza’s bodyguards have allegedly been on a R10 million spending spree at the Southern Sun Emnotweni in Mpumalanga over the past two years. Sunday World reported that the 12 bodyguards have been staying at the hotel at a cost of R1 200 a room, notwithstanding food and room service, since August 2018.
R5.3 million was spent at the luxury hotel in 2019 and at least R3.1 million has been spent there so far this year.
A quarter of this bill, which is footed by the taxpayers, was allegedly incurred in the absence of the deputy president. This was confirmed by government and hotel sources.
The price was reportedly negotiated from a R1 800 daily rate and the bodyguards forced the hotel to remain open, even after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the ongoing lockdown in March.
Tsogo Sun spokesperson Neo Mboniswa confirmed that the hotel stayed open to service essential service workers, but declined to disclose who they were.
Neo said, “Tsogo Sun Hotels can confirm that Southern Sun Emnotweni did trade throughout the level 4 national lockdown period as a facility accommodating essential service workers as permitted under government regulations. All guest information is strictly private and confidential and may not be distributed or shared externally."
However, a staff member said that 12 of the 15 guests at the hotel were the deputy president's bodyguards.
The employee revealed, “We were only informed that we can’t close because we have to service the bodyguards as they are our long-term guests. They have been staying at the hotel for the past two years."
Earlier this month, Briefly.co.za reported that David Mabuza was experiencing health issues that have rendered him unable to perform his duties as deputy president at the moment. He is currently recovering in Mpumalanga.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Master KG’s global groove sensation, Jerusalema, had its music video removed from YouTube and fan were going off their heads.
Often videos are removed from YouTube for some legal reason, but there really was no logical explanation for as to why this music video was removed, especially after all the positivity the track has broth to the world during such a glum time. Briefly.co.za learnt that the music video just randomly disappeared off of YouTube and fans did not know what was going on. Social media blew up as fans demanded the music video be put back where it was found.
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