Public works department has R500k barred at ministerial houses on braai sites?



Scopa says public works have paid up to R9 million for a particular minister's house, while others live in homes that cost R4 million.

FILE: A screengrab of the chairman Themba Godi of the Standing Commission on Public Accounts (Scopa). Image: YouTube.

CAPITAL TOWN – Parliament's watchdog on the public wallet has questioned the Ministry of Public Works, which spends nearly half a million rand on braai areas for some ministerial houses.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has also expressed its concern that some ministers and their representatives are not even using the assigned houses.

Scopa says public works have paid up to R9 million for a particular minister's house, while others live in homes that cost R4 million.

Scopa president Themba Godi says the committee is worried about the government's priorities and wonders why the Ministry of Public Works has wasted R500,000 on installing braai areas in some ministerial houses.

Godi says that Scopa's now recommends public works for a detailed report on the 148 buildings that ministers and their representatives use in its prestige portfolio.

He says that Scopa wants to know how much they have spent on tariffs, maintenance and services in the past two financial years.

Godi says that Scopa also worries about the lack of a ceiling for the purchase of ministerial houses.

He wants officials from public works to report to the committee next week.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)


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