KZN denies R2.4m spent on smoking room

2013-05-01 07:53
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Durban - The health department in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday denied allegations that it had spent up to R2.4m on upgrading a smoking room.

Spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said reports claiming this were not true. He said the money had been used for a registry.

Earlier provincial Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mark Steele said the party submitted a question to health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo on why the department spent up to R2.4m upgrading a smoking room at its Natalia head office building in Pietermaritzburg.

Steele said the information was contained in an infrastructure projects report submitted to health portfolio committee members on 18 April.

He said it was a concern that the department had a smoking room and that it reportedly spent that much upgrading it.

"We also want to know how the department can possibly justify this expenditure while patients attend over-crowded and understaffed clinics right here in Pietermaritzburg," Steele said.

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