Gauteng forks out R6m for 2 funerals
Johannesburg - Two official funerals cost the Gauteng government R5.9m, the Democratic Alliance in the province claimed on Monday.
"The DA agrees in principle with the decision to have accorded status to the funerals of the two individuals, but it is hard to justify the excessive cost," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mike Moriarty said in a statement.
The funerals were for Henry Mokgothi in April last year and Bertha Gxowa in October 2010.
Moriarty said he had written to Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to ask what the guidelines were for the allocation of funds to official funerals.
"According to Mokonyane, the money was paid for official provincial funerals... and included 'costs associated with catering, venue hire and buses'."
The premier's office was unable to provide him with a detailed breakdown of these costs, but told Moriarty that it had "developed norms and standards to ensure that we provide a package of services that is reasonable and expenditure is kept within budgetary provisions".
Moriarty said the DA would ask more questions in an attempt to ensure that future funerals would not exceed reasonable limits.
Mokonyane's office could not immediately provide comment.