Officials subpoenaed in Mandela funeral funds probe

2015-02-21 09:47

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office has subpoenaed senior Eastern Cape politicians and government officials as part of the investigation into the misuse of public funds relating to former president Nelson Mandela's funeral.

The Daily Dispatch reported yesterday that Eastern Cape acting director-general Mahlubandile Qwase and Buffalo City Metro mayor Zukisa Ncitha did not voluntarily appear before investigators and have now been subpoenaed.

Other officials to be subpoenaed include human settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August, Buffalo City municipal manager Andile Fani, Buffalo City CFO Vincent Pillay, Buffalo City senior manager Ondela Mahlangu and PAC councillor Jerome Mdyolo.

According to the report, they are legally obliged to appear before investigators conducting the probe into the alleged misuse of funds budgeted for the funeral.

Madonsela announced last year that her office is investigating allegations of maladministration, corruption and misuse of public funds relating to the procurement of service providers for the former statesman's memorial services and funeral.

Various Eastern Cape municipalities allegedly spent nearly R65m without following proper procurement procedures. A report in May last year revealed that R22m was used for T-shirts, food and transport. However, the ANC denied that government funds were misused.

Ncitha was arrested last June for alleged fraud.

Madonsela's office hopes to have the investigation completed by the end of March, the Daily Dispatch reported.

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