KZN defends spending R3m on Senzo Meyiwa funeral

2015-02-03 08:41
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Senzo Meyiwa laid to rest

More than 20 000 braved the rain to pack Durban's Moses Mabhida stadium to pay their last respects to Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa on Saturday.

Amanda Khoza, The Witness

Durban - The office of the KwaZulu-Natal premier has justified its R3m splurge on slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's funeral.

Weekend Witness, through a Promotion of Access to Information Act application, established that the KZN provincial government forked out R3m for the lavish funeral and memorial service held at eThekwini’s Moses Mabhida Stadium last year.

The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was killed in a botched robbery in Vosloorus, outside Johannesburg, in October last year.

Contribution to country

Provincial government head Thami Ngwenya said government had acted within the ambit of the law.

“Our government always acts responsibly in line with all prevailing laws in carrying out its responsibilities,” said Ngwenya.

Explaining government’s decision, Ngwenya said: “This decision was in recognition of the immense contribution the late Senzo Meyiwa had made in service to his country.”

Ngwenya said Meyiwa’s contribution and service to South Africa had advanced nation building and social cohesion.

“Our nation and provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal are grateful for his service to South Africa. His life and contribution inspired many. His death galvanised our nation and the broader sporting world, to condemn acts of crime engulfing our society,” he said.


He added that the “correctness of the government decision to declare his funeral official, was evinced by unity of our country on that sad day”.

“It was further evinced by numerous messages of support from around the world,” he said.

In November last year thousands of fans who flocked to the stadium bedecked with glossy banners were entertained with a moving tribute by South African gospel legend Rebecca Malope at the funeral that was also attended by the who’s who of the soccer fraternity.

Weekend Witness established that:

• The provincial government paid R3 094 105.42 for the funeral.

• R1.2m catering contract was awarded to Solesa Productions, which once listed President Jacob Zuma's cousin, Deebo Mzobe as a director.

• A company called Soundrite was paid R599 405 for infrastructure.

• Courtesy Marketing was paid R190 500 for banners.

• Sunsun Investments was paid R12 118.50 to provide lanyards.

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