R300 million misappropriated for Mandela funeral

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has released a report on the allegations that money was misused for Nelson Mandela's Funeral in 2013.

EWN reporter Barry Bateman says that the government had no plans to ensure everything was catered for when Mandela died, despite him being in poor health and his death being anticipated.

Mkhwebane finds that there were no proper coordinated plans for all levels of government. That's national, provincial and local government when it came to funeral arrangements.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman says that when Mandela passed away, there were no logistic meetings to create those plans, and thus nothing was budgeted for.

All the expenditure came down to using emergency funds and bypassing procurement procedures, according to Bateman.

There was a finding that R300 million was misappropriated by the Eastern Cape Provincial Department. That money was earmarked for social infrastructure development.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Money that was intended to go to the poorest of the poor, because there was no planning for the funeral of Madiba, that money was taken away from them and used elsewhere.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

This was the only one of the very many issues that arose from the report. There are many others including funding for transport and the way tenders were selected, reports Bateman.

I asked her what she thought about this, Mkhwebane described the lack of planning as scary.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Listen to the full report below:


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