Madonsela asked to probe MEC’s funeral

Johannesburg - The public protector has been asked to investigate the "excessive" expenditure on former Free State health MEC Fezi Ngubentombi's funeral, the DA said on Wednesday.

"More than R9m was spent on the funeral proceedings of which more than R6m remains outstanding," Free State Democratic Alliance caucus leader Roy Jankielsohn said in a statement.

"The Fezile Dabi district municipality's financial statements show an outstanding amount of R6 269 539 as recoverable expenses incurred for the funeral that would be paid back by five service providers."

He said a Companies and Intellectual Property Commission search could not confirm whether these companies actually existed.

"The municipality is under the false impression that this money would be recovered from the provincial government."

Jankielsohn said he asked premier Ace Magashule last year which department was responsible for the costs, whether the municipality would be reimbursed, and when payment would be made.
Magashule in his reply said the provincial public works department was responsible.

The department was not immediately available for comment.

Replying to a separate written question, public works MEC Sam Mashinini said the department was not aware of any commitment made to the Fezile Dabi district municipality for the costs incurred.

"MEC Mashinini stated that the department incurred costs amounting to R2 347 035 for VIP tents, catering and equipment hire, and an additional R103 001 for condolences advertisements," he said.

The provincial legislature made provision for R15 000 towards funeral expenses. The public office bearers' pension fund made provision for a further R36 000 for legislature members should they die in office.

"The inflated costs incurred amounts to blatant abuse of taxpayer money for party political reasons," Jankielsohn said.

"Almost two years after the funeral of the late MEC Ngubentombi, nobody at provincial or local government level is prepared to take ownership of this exorbitant expenditure."

Japie JJ du Toit 2014/09/03 02:48:31 PM
Goodness - when is blatan coruption going to stop - when there is nothing left to steal - sies man.
Bongeka 2014/09/03 02:53:30 PM
Eish!!! Not corruption again. And if her findings point fingers to the untouchables, will she be allowed to make her findings public? We all know how these crooked officials operate. And last but not least, what kind of a funeral that costs so much money. Did baba Mandela's funeral reach that amount of money? Just being concerned. Hhayi kabi(No hard feelings).
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/09/03 02:56:54 PM
Who died? This is beyond a joke all this corruption. It is not my fault, I didn't know. I didn't ask for it.................. and so it continues.
Bob Van Wilder 2014/09/03 02:57:53 PM
There is nothing left to steal, except anc t-shirts.
Neziswa Luthuli 2014/09/03 02:59:54 PM
Obadia Kgopolo Segwape 2014/09/03 03:14:18 PM
even funerals are corrupt we are doomed eff n thuli tell them to pay back the money somblif
Kevin Marsh 2014/09/03 03:24:10 PM
Why was any of taxpayers money used for a funeral . Once they are dead heir families can bury them .R9 million stolen for a very bad cause . Someone must go to jail .
Harold Marsberg 2014/09/03 03:24:12 PM
These thieves must all hope that there is no hereafter because if there is, they are all going to burn for ever!
Erna Westdyk 2014/09/03 03:42:38 PM
If he's a MEC shouldn't the province be responsible? Why did a local municipality pay for it? Must have been one hell of a funeral for R9 million! On what could they have spent so much money?
Bento Maepa 2014/09/03 03:49:21 PM
Magashule is one arrogant bastard with his head right up Zuma's a*s.