Public coughs up R180m+ to house ministers
Cape Town - Houses bought to accommodate ministers and deputy ministers following President Jacob Zuma's 2009 Cabinet reshuffle cost taxpayers more than R180m, according to a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Monday.
The reply, by Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, reveals that her department spent R183 886 837 on a total of 34 houses in Pretoria and Cape Town for ministers and their deputies over the past two years.
"[In] Pretoria, 15 houses were purchased by the department since 2009 to date; in Waterkloof and Moreleta (Pretoria East). The total amount for all purchased properties is R68 195 116.
"[In] Cape Town, 19 houses were purchased by the department since 2009 to date... The total amount for all purchased properties is R115 691 721," she said.
Dividing the total amount spent by the number of houses gives an average price of R5.4m per dwelling.
In his question to Parliament, Democratic Alliance MP Erik Marais asked, among other things, for the "total purchase price in rands of each specified house purchased" for the additional ministers and deputy ministers.
In her reply, Mahlangu-Nkabinde gave totals for only the two cities.