An investigation into the misuse of finances at former President Nelson Mandela's funeral by Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has revealed that R300 million had been misappropriated by the Eastern Cape Provincial government.
The report shows that after the funeral was announced, funds were redirected from social infrastructure development projects in the province.
Mkhwebane says the Eastern Cape government contravened the Public Finance Management Amendment Act (PFMA) by taking funds meant for the infrastructure development and used it for the preparation of the funeral.
It needs to be clear that this money was only meant for infrastructure and not for buying food, transportation and T-shirts.— Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector
It was not meant for the funeral it was just for the social infrastructure development.— Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector
According to Mkhwebane, head of Treasury in the Eastern Cape, Mbina-Mthembu, advised Cabinet that there is money that could be used for the funeral when the death of Nelson Mandela was announced.
The bulk of the money was used to transport mourners, R750 000 was spent on KFC and McDonald's for the marshals and about R5 million was spent on T-shirts.
There's an amount of R11 million where the head of Treasury was requesting to pay some suppliers in Port Elizabeth who didn't even supply supporting documents.— Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector
If you look at the report you will see that there was just spending which is very concerning. They started the preparations in 2011...— Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector
Mkwebane says head of Treasury in the Eastern Cape Mbina-Mthembu was wrong in mentioning that money meant for infrastructure could be used for the funeral therefore she should be investigated.
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