- State Security Minister Bongani Bongo spent R147 000 on a hotel room in Cape Town for 3 weeks
- Bongo booked into the 5-star Taj Mahal Hotel and admits to staying in a R7 000 per night room after being unwilling to take 90-second showers at his official residence
- Guests of the hotel are requested to adhere to the 90-second shower limit, but are not penalised for taking longer showers
The Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo has snuffed Cape Town’s urgent call on residents and visitors to save water by taking 90-second showers.
Bongo was allegedly unwilling to comply with the water restrictions at his official ministerial residence and subsequently booked himself into the five star Taj Mahal Hotel in Cape Town’s CBD.
The minister’s three-week stay has cost in the region of R147 000. Bongo has admitted to staying in a R7 000 per night room, but claims he was forced into the arrangement after the department of public works failed to allocate him a ministerial residence.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Bongo’s love of long showers is common knowledge in the Cape Town political arena. Political insiders said he did not want to take short bucket baths like everyone else.
Guests at the Taj Mahal are asked to limit their showers to 90-seconds but they are not penalised if they take longer showers. The City of Cape Town has imposed strict water limits of 50 litres per person per day on residence of the city.
Visitors staying at hotels are not subject to the same requirements, although all visitors to Cape Town are urged to save as much water as possible.
Bongo reportedly told the Citizen.co.za that he intended on paying the hotel bill out of his own pocket.
Government officials say Bongo’s security detail was often spotted at the hotel, apparently, the minister liked to have his bodyguards close by his side. He is also said to have met various ANC MPs and other officials at the hotel.
The department of public works has not commented on whether or not Bongo was allocated a ministerial residence in Cape Town.
Bongo has refused to comment on his refusal to comply with Cape Town water restrictions.
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