Johannesburg - There is an increasing trend that public
money is being spent improperly and wastefully by the department of public
works under the guise of "security upgrades", the DA said on Friday.
"The department must not take the people for
granted. We know... that building a R20m fence, when one already exists, is
ridiculous," DA MP Anchen Dreyer said in a statement.
"I trust that the public protector will probe this
most recent example of state abuse of public funds."
Dreyer said the party would write to Thuli Madonsela's
office to investigate the erection of a wall to protect an existing wall,
costing taxpayers millions, at the ministerial residential estate Bryntirion in
This followed a report in the Mail & Guardian on
Dreyer said the building of an additional wall as part of
security upgrades would cost around R20m.
"This comes seven years after the construction of
the controversial R90m 'anti-climb, motion-detection security fences' around
the complex, which includes President Jacob Zuma’s official residence in
Pretoria," she said.
"It must be asked why another expensive 'security
wall' is needed to protect an already controversial state-of-the-art
Bryntirion Estate incorporates "Mahlamba
Ndlopfu" - the residence of the president of the country, the vice
president's home, the presidential guest house and the homes of many Cabinet
Dreyer said public money should be spent on projects that
would improve service delivery, grow the economy, and create jobs.
The department of public works had not responded to a
Sapa query by 14:00 on Friday. He said it was unclear when the department would
On 19 March, Madonsela released her report on costly
security upgrades at Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, saying Zuma
should have asked questions about the scale, costs, and affordability of
security upgrades which could end up being as much as R246m.
Her findings included that Zuma unduly benefited from the
upgrades and that he should pay back a portion of the money.
An ad hoc committee has been set up to consider
submissions made by Zuma in response to Madonsela's report.Download the app by visiting one of these app stores.
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