Probe Mokonyane's R3.25m house, DA says

2011-08-18 15:23

Pretoria - The public protector must probe the R3.25m spent over the past three years to maintain Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's official Bryanston residence in northern Johannesburg, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

"It is all very suspicious. I have already referred various aspects of the spending on this house to the Public Protector, and will refer the latest fishy expenditure to her as well for investigation," said DA caucus leader Jack Bloom in a statement.

These millions in expenditure were revealed by Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Bheki Nkosi in a written reply to questions by Bloom, in the Gauteng Legislature.

Called for comment, Mokonyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi said the DA has every right to approach the public protector but they (premier's office) would respond if and when approached by the office of the public protector with documentation.

The written reply by Nkosi refers to R547 000 spent in 2008 on "deep cleaning of the house, garden service, swimming pool and smaller maintenance", Bloom said.

He said in 2009 and 2010, about R2.7m was spent on refurbishment of the main bedroom and en-suite bath room, the kitchen, laundry, dressing room closet, curtains and bedding, and furniture.

Furthermore, there was painting of internal walls, and supply of a TV, a cupboard and additional couches.

"Keliana Services was paid R3.25m for the above services and another company, Sonke Plantscapers, has a R137 619 88 contract for maintenance on the house this year. This really appears excessive," said Bloom.

Ultimately accountable

In the same reply last September, then infrastructure development MEC Faith Mazibuko listed the same refurbishment work for 2009/2010 but at a lower price of R2.072m, Bloom said.

He said the latest reply "deviates significantly" from previous replies that he's been given.

"This is the first time that Keliana has been named as a service provider, whereas other companies were named before.

"[Mokonyane] is ultimately accountable in this matter. We need to know why more than R2m has been spent on the house during her administration alone," he said, also questioning if these tenders were awarded properly.

Mngambi said they will not respond to hearsay.

Bloom said this house was bought for R11.5m in 2004, but about R13m has been spent since then on various refurbishment and repairs although the house was only a few years old when purchased by the province.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office said it had not yet received any complaint about the spending on the house from the DA, at noon on Thursday.

  • HolySnake - 2011-08-18 15:41

    What one can expect from this "Political Law Firm" called DA...nothing

      Airborne68 - 2011-08-18 15:45

      Sheep. That's you, Wholly Snake.

      TC - 2011-08-18 15:50

      Nothing indeed, I agree, nothing but good service delivery and good management. And the madam doesnt need the government to buy her a tv.

      thegmancan - 2011-08-18 16:09

      @Holy Snake, I can understand your allegiance to the ANC, if that is where your allegiance lies but I just cannot for the life of me understand why you do not ever question your leaders? If you voted for them then surely you want them to be responsible in the performance of their duties. You vote for them because they promise all these things. Do you not actually get the fact that all that money they spend on themselves could actually go to educating people, to housing people, to saving people's lives. Does that not register at all in your thought process? That is my greatest concern, is that everybody defends these MP's and Premier's, etc but you and they do that purely because they are members of the ANC. It is you constitutionally given right to be educated and housed and these people, by spending that money are in blatant defiance of our Consitution which great ANC people of the past fought for and died for. The fact that you let your leaders get away with this and blindly defend them is the scary bit.

      Anonymus - 2011-08-18 16:46

      @HolySnake - what can one expect from the ANC?? please tell us all!

      dominik - 2011-08-18 16:49

      i think you should go f#ck yourself, somewhere far away from anyone. these stupid ignorant statements that you make all over news24.

  • Coconut - 2011-08-18 15:50

    Here we go again. The cANCer wasting tax payers money. Buying a house for R11 million and spending another R13 million up grading. what ever next. I would love to see the house that his highness lived in before becoming premier. Probably a shack in Guguletho. Now all of a sudden millions must be spent to satisfy the sod. Investigate I'd say and check the tenders and the appointed contractors. Put my c@&k on a block that they are cANCer tjommies.

  • bmtthwala - 2011-08-18 15:52

    Damn,if thats true its a shame ppl like that including those she acc to should be dealt with!i jst wonder wht could hapen if d da wld rule sa though.jst a thought!

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-18 17:01

      I wonder where you went to school because I sure can't make head or tail about what you're trying to say.

  • Kgaogelo - 2011-08-18 15:53

    It's not worth it.

  • cat8fish - 2011-08-18 15:58

    What has DA done lately besides being watchdogs for the ANC

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-18 16:07

      what the da has been doing is slowly but surely showing the anc voters exactly what their hero's actually are...criminals who dont give a damn about their people

      50something - 2011-08-18 16:27

      "official opposition" mean anything to you. Of course thay are the watchdogs, who else will watch the ANC - they are not self regulating as you can see

      MrSpiderman - 2011-08-18 16:28

      Removed my rubbish in Cape Town during a municipal strike? So what did the anc do for you?????????????????????????? Oops sorry, forgot about the yellow T-shirt you received the other year!

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-18 17:02

      And don't forget the KFC!

  • Roundana - 2011-08-18 16:10

    what's new, the Public Protector must have her hands full...shame I wonder if she even has time to herself.

  • thegmancan - 2011-08-18 16:11

    @Holy Snake. Before you comment, do not think that intend to try to sway your vote because that is not what I am trying to do, i just wish that you would hold those accountable who are not performing their jobs as they have been elected to do so, whom you elect to perform their duties in your interest and not for theirs!

  • 50something - 2011-08-18 16:25

    Are we even buying bedding for them?? Do they buy anything themselves or does the salary go straight to the bank?

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-08-18 16:30

    Is this place gold plated? I cannot imagine in my wildest dreams spending anything near that on refurbishing a house

  • frankm - 2011-08-18 16:54

    So there was a bit of refurbishment, so what, we all like to do our homes up, why should they be different just because they are the government. Leave them alone and concentrate on bigger issues

      Wicus - 2011-08-18 16:59

      R13 million is a pretty big issues. 13 million here, 10 million there. It adds up and can go to job creation. Which means, less crime... better living conditions for all.... Get the picture?

  • braamc - 2011-08-18 17:01

    On show this coming Sunday from 2pm. All offers considered!

  • Liam - 2011-08-18 17:02

    'R547 000 spent on "deep cleaning..."', but they seem to have missed the filth.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-18 17:03

    Is there one, just ONE honest member of the ANC? Doubt it.

  • andre - 2011-08-18 17:07

    She is a Tsotsie, what do you expect from these people ? Thank god my tax base is overseas, who wants to pay tax to these thieves and get nothing in return but having to pay more and more for private services. Follow the due processes...

  • george60 - 2011-08-18 17:13

    It reminds me of the long drop toilets on the farms, it will soon be runeth over. Whereto from here?

  • logical007 - 2011-08-18 17:22

    Robin Island needs to be re-opened as a prison. All that are found corrupt must be sent to robin Island. Give them a fishing rod, Using Clem Suntas' line 'Teach them to fish and they have food for life, No wardens required, and be done with this daily debacle of stealing, lie-ing and corruption.

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