PRETORIA, South Africa’s Public Protector (Ombudsman), Busiswe Mkhwebane, has found that the Eastern Cape provincial government improperly redirected about 300 million rand (about 22.19 million US dollars) of public funds to pay for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.
She found that some of the funds were meant for the provision of running water, electricity, sanitation, ablution facilities, replacement of mud-schools and refurbishing hospitals.
Mandela died on Dec 5, 2013 and was buried on Dec 15 at his home town in Qunu in the province.
Mkhwebane found that lack of proper planning created an environment where prices were inflated, for example the payment of 350 rand for a t-shirt, and that some services were paid for without being delivered.
She suggested that the Special Investigations Unit investigate the allegations.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK