[LISTEN] The “Spy project” that funded a minister’s R10 million mansion

A secret state "Spy Project" fund has been used to purchase a R10 million luxury home for the Minister of State Security, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, according to The Sunday Times.

The report stated that she rejected the house provided to her by the Department of Public Works because of 'maintenance challenges' and then, personally negotiated the purchase of her Pretoria mansion and, the furniture required.

Talk Show host, Eusebius McKaiser puts the State Security Agency spokesperson, Brian Dube in the hot seat about the alleged approval of deviating “Spy Project” funds to cover the costs of the minister's personal, luxury accommodation needs.

Public Works did allocate a house to the minister... this house was allocated to her while she was still a deputy minister.

Brian Dube, State Security Agency spokesperson

Unfortunately, the house (was not) had some issues because the house has been vacant for some time.

Brian Dube, State Security Agency spokesperson

The house was not in a good condition because it had not been occupied.

Brian Dube, State Security Agency spokesperson

They gave an undertaking that they would sort out whatever needs to be sorted out, after she had moved in - because apparently she had refused to move in.... So, she then did move in into that particular house.

Brian Dube, State Security Agency spokesperson

When Letsatsi-Duba was appointed minister of state security, the house needed to be improved in terms of security measures which would allow her to receive information relating to her new portfolio, he says.

But, due to issues with leaks, faulty plugs and damp patches, the minister was advised to find rental accommodation while the issues were being attended to.

In that process, they've discovered that it's too expensive (these houses) and it would not make sense for her to be able to do that...

Brian Dube, State Security Agency spokesperson

The story as it was reported... that the minister basically negotiated a particular house that she wanted for her own use - which is not factually true because the house was procured by the agency.

Brian Dube, State Security Agency spokesperson

To get some clarity, McKaiser asks: "Did Public Works exclusively get involved in sourcing and buying 'for operational purposes' this particular house or did the agency do so?

Listen to the full discussion to hear Brian Dube's response on The Eusebius McKaiser Show and, join the conversation on Twitter:


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