Outa outraged at plans to spend millions on renovating ministers' houses

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it is outraged at government's plans to spend millions on renovating ministers' houses.

The state will spend nearly R750m to refurbish houses occupied by ministers, and other government-owned buildings.

Public works minister Thulas Nxesi announced details of the plan.

According to a _Sunday Times _report, the money will be spent on, among other things, carpets for the Union Buildings which will cost R5 million and R1 million will go towards kitchen and bathroom upgrades for a ministerial house.

Outa's Portfolio manager Dominique Msibi has described the plan as wasteful.

The real issue hear is that these renovations are set to be done at this time, when the country's fiscal health is ailing, at best. We view it as unnecessary and wasteful expenditure of tax payers money.

Dominique Msibi, Portfolio manager - Outa

One wonders how much luxury these individuals need to be living and operating in. These are not reported to be regular maintenance, these are upgrades.

Dominique Msibi, Portfolio manager - Outa

R 3 million of it has been set aside form additional emergency power supply for the precinct around Parliament to ensure that the ministers never suffer the inconvenience of load shedding, what do you make of that? Particularly at this point where we all know South Africa is suffering financially.

Dominique Msibi, Portfolio manager - Outa

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