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Minister splurged R2.1m on furniture

2013-02-17 14:30

Johannesburg - Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana allegedly splurged R2.1m of state's funds decorating her department's head office, the Sunday Independent reported.

Nearly half of this amount was spent during two sprees in which Xingwana's office spent close to R500 000 each time, the paper said.

While the department is responsible for purchasing its own furniture, the furniture for the ministry, particularly the minister's office, is bought through the budget of the department of public works, the paper reported. However, Xingwana's spokesperson Cornelius Monama told the paper that there was no furniture when the minister moved into her new office in Pretoria.

"The furniture she used when she was at the Union Buildings was left in the Presidency.

"In her Cape Town office, the minister is still using the previous minister's furniture," Monama told the paper.

Monama admitted that in one case, the department had gotten quotes from only two service providers, instead of the three stipulated according to official regulations.

He said the Xingwana had instituted an investigation relating to this incident of irregularity.

Comments
  • amando.salazar.9 - 2013-02-17 14:38

    Good to know where the money has gone! Yeah keep voting for these thieves! No wonder nothing gets done this country. That money was supposed to help children and people with disabilities! What right did she have to take it to buy bloody furniture?! This country is a joke!

      SharonE - 2013-02-17 17:44

      What they don't know in running the country they make up for by running off with the chequebook! Shame on each and every one of them, their extravagance is costing SA dearly..

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2013-02-17 18:13

      We will wake up one morning to hear that we've spent all our resources and have gone begging to the World Bank to keep the country running. What will follow is a nightmare scenario, a run on the banks, the rand and hyper inflation, we will all be impoverished in a moment. This is no way to run a country's finances and hope that there will be no consequences.

      ChasePotch - 2013-02-17 21:05

      This country is not a joke, it's the ANC criminals who run the country who is the joke.

  • Ghelibhabi - 2013-02-17 14:39

    So what if shes using the previous occuppiers furniture, kids are in schools with no desks or chairs, get your priorities right in the ministry. bunch of self serving asses.

  • march54 - 2013-02-17 14:42

    Have lost all faith in any member of Government. Money is spent without thought for the people. Shame she has furniture in her Cape Town office used by the last minister. Some people have nothing.What happened to the furniture in the Gauteng office?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-17 14:49

    Who cares, come Elections they win, with all this corruption.

      walter.tgsa - 2013-02-17 16:45

      @Killbot79: Sorry Killbot79, we are just racist, the others are the counter revolutionaries, haha! They have won the revolution, and are now wrecking the country...

      ChasePotch - 2013-02-17 21:07

      They are gonna start making false promises again soon and so the ANC voters will vote for them again in 2014 and they still won't get a thing, but stil they vote ANC, so sad.

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-17 14:50

    Shame on you "minister "

      JayKganyago - 2013-02-17 23:59

      Everyone pls cut the racist crap, both of u duplessis & zuma. What is the issue here, if taxpayer money was wasted or if there was corruption then this is wrong & let her be investigated. We can not descend to support theft.

  • Dale von Romburgh - 2013-02-17 14:53

    all this money wasted on furniture 4 what? While there are starving and under priviledged kids and people in this country! Whats wrong with this goverment? Have they NO compassion, only think of themselve?

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-17 14:53

    Australia here I come ...had it with this corrupt government ...

      zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-17 15:09

      Wish I could join you!

      Jack - 2013-02-17 15:49

      SA is a great country with great people, the best in the world. Just right now we are hobbled by, in total I would guess a few thousand con artists, pretending to support democracy while they loot, pillage and rape, in body and mind. The antibodies for this poison are there (Zille, Mazibuko, Ramphele, Vavi, Duwenage, Tutu, Mandela, Hofmeyr..) they just need more support. There is nothing like a good fight to feel invigorated. In battle you may die, but you die once. There are many places in this world where you die a little bit each and every day.

      walter.tgsa - 2013-02-17 16:46

      @Ignorance.malena: Your names says it all, no need to comment on your comment...

  • Heather Campbell Matthewson - 2013-02-17 14:55

    Delightful ! with all the news revolving around Oscar - she thought her splurge of R2.1m would go unnoticed! Sneaky Biiaaatch! :(

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-02-17 14:57

    It does not need a rocket scientist to figure out how the two service providers has been chosen. Irregularity is a regularity in government department, then you hear of investigations to normalise the corrupt procedure. Its normal as usual.

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-17 14:59

    No ways! Absolute nonsense to spend that much. Happy that it's going to be investigated.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-17 15:58

      By who and what will happen when complete. let me save you the time - NOTHING!!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-17 15:07

    she must be forced to repay each and every cent!!We taxpayers can not afford the cANCer any more

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-17 18:03

      FU troll

      julio.sanfona - 2013-02-17 18:53

      Please go easy on helen.Zuma7 for she knows not what she writes and besides she has a big chip on her shoulder.

  • zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-17 15:07

    I suppose this included a pure gold pen and pencil set, which will never be used, a 80" flat screen TV with surround sound - which could have cost at least R 200 000,00 if the best was acquired - to be able to be kept up to date with what goes on in the country - while she is supposed to be in Parliament. And then lets not forget the original artwork, the office furniture in the best and most expensive wood. I suppose it also includes a jacuzzi for her to take breaks in her stressful job, as well as a fully stocked bar for the odd occasion. I can quite see where this could be possible but highly reprehensible. To think that this is even considered when there are people and children without food every day of their lives, and she is their Minister in Parliament!!

  • Tawizee - 2013-02-17 15:14

    Deep yo fingers with expensive fake nails in the cookie jar babie.

  • david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-17 15:17

    Can someone Pls tell me how to stop Tax being deducted from my salary. ? ? ?

      phosa.peter2 - 2013-02-17 15:35

      it is a mission imposible dude. Accept it.

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-17 15:37

      Sadly it will never happen

      david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-17 21:30

      helen zuma. idiot. my paymaster is a HE. he is BLACK. So up urs. with a blessing.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2013-02-17 15:20

    Anc lol!!!!

  • Bongeka - 2013-02-17 15:36

    Which department paid for the furniture? Public works again? Gosh! Why am I not surprised. Does that department has a leader who is supposed to control and keep down all these controverces? I doubt it.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-17 15:47

    There's no really an active policy that details what should be done with my tax money once deducted from me, so i couldn't care less what they do wit it, how much was she supposed to spend on furniture before we know she over spent and howmuch furniture was bought? maybe furniture budget is R2.5m so she under spent - Tax money according to my knowledge is to be used by government on various issues, buying furniture for their offices is one of them - im saying this bcoz whenever tax money been used there's always controversy over it - we pay tax money is to fix Roads, we pay Toll fees money is for Road maintenace, we pay heavy fines the money is for Road maintenance, is norm i'm used to it therefore i wont even crack my head over how much is spent where and how

  • TOM CARRINGTON - 2013-02-17 15:49

    looks like the furniture was coated with gold.

  • Don.Tandy - 2013-02-17 15:55

    And the extravagance goes on and on and on and on and ........

  • johnny.august.31 - 2013-02-17 16:01

    I Hate this ANC thing,Can anyone out de Please Listen ?Let's work togther N make sure next year we vote this thing(ANC)out , for the sake of our kids n Future ,Most of my fellow public servants can't afford Bonds or even the RDP houses Bcos our ANC led government.If we ask for better salaries n housing subsidy, we R being told the Govnmnt cannot afford,But this thieves can afford 206 million for nkandla This is MASEPA YERR

  • MUFHENI - 2013-02-17 16:08

    There you go again,another Nkandla saga!what type of furniture is t that cost ths much,just for an office.hey minister the poor ar starving out here u busy spending huge cash on furniture just imagine,im disapoint i thot u care for the poor!oh please face the law!

  • dale.johnson.CFC - 2013-02-17 16:10

    The cANCa strikes again

  • chikomborero.dumba - 2013-02-17 16:15

    this woman is in the news for all the wrong reasons

  • altus.kirsten - 2013-02-17 16:18

    Corruption is part of the DNA of the ANC. They have been stealing cattle (cash) since 'Die Groot Trek'. It will never be elliminated. Its a culture thing...

  • larry.simon.7 - 2013-02-17 16:21

    What was wrong with the previous ministers furniture? This is simply an arrogant F you attitude. Have budget will spend. F the poor!!!!

  • visser.jooste - 2013-02-17 16:31

    Only the people of this country can stop this run away train (party). But will it ever happen or are they going to follow like brainless sheep? You can only stop them with your vote. You're intelligent people who can make your own decisions, so why then do you believe theis lies every time?

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-17 16:32

    Here we go again. Every day new revelations of fraud. When will it stop. Shame on you South Africa

  • will.dundas - 2013-02-17 16:37

    Hello, sereeuus, I'm got job to hell with tha jidren, I'm heppy

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2013-02-17 17:55

      eishhh,wunt dey lit me steel in pees ?

  • Don.Tandy - 2013-02-17 16:48

    Fine feathers don't make a fine bird - read Aesop's story on the peacock and the crane.

  • johnmarshall.murdoch - 2013-02-17 16:51

    R2100000 divided by R105 (minimum wage) equals R20000 divided by 21 (ave working days per month equals 952 months or 79 years. Furniture bill could have kept 1 worker employed for 79 years. Makes you think!

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-17 16:58

    You NITWIT that money could have been used to FEED MILLIONS OF STARVING PEOPLE

  • Trishpp - 2013-02-17 17:06

    "In her Cape Town office, the minister is still using the previous minister's furniture," Monama told the paper. Gosh what a hardship that must be to have to use furniture that has been used by another Public Servant. Yes, that is what you are!

  • alison.newton.336 - 2013-02-17 17:24

    It's criminal - the manner in which hard working tax paying people have their money wasted. We pay our taxes for good use not to elaborately decorate an office!!

  • chris.barton.1690 - 2013-02-17 17:25

    The true price of the furniture was around R100,000. Another R100,000 in commission to the 'in-betweeners', another R200,000 for kick-backs and the rest went into the Minister's offshore account... This is just another normal business transaction a-la African Style. They see nothing wrong with it. After all, they did not join the 'struggle' for nothing... No morals, no standards, no accountability... That's Africa

  • scouter.fourone - 2013-02-17 17:27

    Only R2.1m? The ANC must be serious about cutting back on spending ....

  • moira.fox.7 - 2013-02-17 17:45

    So who cares - it is not as if anybody is going to take any action against her. It not as if anyone is actually making sure the money goes to the people it is intended to help - just makes me so totally sick and tired that as a taxpayer we have so little say ....

  • Bokrichard - 2013-02-17 18:09

    The irony of the whole story is that she almost never attends her office. Parties and occasional appearences, oversea shopping sprees, visiting her friends and what not. The next minister will chuck this furniture out to be replaced by her/his personal taste - and another carefully selected supplier becomes richer.

  • julio.sanfona - 2013-02-17 18:20

    Viva the gravy train viva! What exactly does the minister of 'women, children and people with disabilities" do?

      david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-17 21:20

      keeps the women children and disabled wishing hoping praying suffering. ?

      Bokrichard - 2013-02-18 09:26

      Nothing of any value to her existence.

  • John - 2013-02-17 18:31

    These things are the kings and queens of Africa?

  • Samantha Wood - 2013-02-17 18:50

    R2.1m on furniture???!!! This is crazy. How many hungry children could that money not have fed!

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-17 18:50

    A little 14% of my money helped to buy this, can I move in now to get value for money?

  • whoowhoohoo - 2013-02-17 19:10

    They start with stealing teaspoons and sugar from the madam. Stealing comes naturally to them. It is as traditional as the savagery displayed towards whites. What more do you expect from these primitives ?

  • liam.doherty.334 - 2013-02-17 19:21

    Just another thief of many running the country.

  • motsarami - 2013-02-17 19:26

    Like I said b4, they all learn this nonsensical tendencies from zulu-boy of Nkandla!!

  • paulus.knighted - 2013-02-17 19:35

    Yawn..... Yet another story of "Thieft" that will eventually be swept under the carpet. This government is a bunch of gangsters who care about themselves and no one else!

  • garth.philpot - 2013-02-17 19:38

    Nice.... fake profile, helen zuma, reported to facebook... Go play in Traffic you dirty troll.

      Kirstie Vd Horst Barrett - 2013-02-18 00:28

      couldn't agree more - sick and disgusting

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-02-17 19:42

    Please SARS make an ad for nkandla and the ministers recently upgraded homes , this ministers office and furniture , we want to see how we touched their lives with our taxes

  • khanyisani.ndlovu - 2013-02-17 19:54

    What kind of furniture can cost such a huge amount please Thuli madonsela investigate this women.

  • Nadine Hillary - 2013-02-17 20:25

    It seems that the Dept of Public works does nothing other than spend the public's money on a few 'important' people

  • kevin.paul.94695459 - 2013-02-17 20:26

    I have a big issue? Why are they using our money revamp their houses when they can't even do something too stop people raping people and stop child abuse and poverty in south africa. Come on south africa let's stand as ONE against this? This is rubbish can some answer me