Cape Town - A PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) investigation into the Independent Electoral Commission’s multi-million-rand lease agreement has found that an “unreasonable” R1m was spent on 400 steel pot plant containers while almost R900 000 was spent on furniture for Pansy Tlakula’s office.
According to the Sunday Independent
, Tlakula, the head of the IEC, authorised a move for the offices and spent millions of rands decorating them.
PwC apparently reported that items worth about R60m were reviewed in order to determine whether they were what would normally be expected for furnishing the offices of a state organisation, reported the newspaper.
In addition to the pot plant container splurge, the probe found that the IEC spent R483 000 on gym equipment. Tlakula’s office, boardroom and waiting area got a R899 000 makeover. This included 23 diamond padded five-star base chairs for her office and boardroom that cost the taxpayer more than R110 000, R28 000 for a desk and R48 000 for a TV display among other purchases.
The PwC probe was commissioned by Treasury after public protector Thuli Madonsela
found Tlakula’s conduct highly irregular, improper and constituting maladministration in respect of the procurement of the IEC's Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria.
The report indicated that the procurement process was not fair, transparent, or cost-effective. It also found that Tlakula did not give guidance or formally inform various people what was expected of them in the process.
Madonsela found Tlakula had played a "grossly irregular" role in procuring the premises.