Report details Mandela funeral overspending

2014-07-02 09:19
Ahmed Kathrada speaks at Nelson Mandela's funeral. (File, AFP)

Ahmed Kathrada speaks at Nelson Mandela's funeral. (File, AFP)

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East London - An East London company was paid R49 000 to supply cleaning and sanitary materials for the funeral of Nelson Mandela in December last year, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

The money bought 100 toilet rolls, 120 brooms, 100 cans of air freshener, 100 toilet cleaner bottles, 50 cleaning cloths and 12 bars of soap.

The amount was revealed in a report by King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) municipality Mayor Nonkoliso Ngqongwa during a brief special council meeting on Tuesday.

The total cost for Mandela’s funeral amounted to R21 740 494, with provincial treasury paying R14 701 599.

According to the report, the municipality also paid out R4.4m for “unfunded” projects which included catering of R2.6m.

Buffalo City municipality Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and two others were arrested last month for alleged fraud involving the funeral.

"The arrests are in relation to the Nelson Mandela memorial saga which is currently under investigation by the office of the MEC for DLGTA as well as the Hawks," local government and traditional affairs department (DLGTA) spokesperson Mamnkeli Ngam said in a statement at the time.

The Dispatch also reported in March that a bill that was set to swell to R90m included millions spent on T-shirts bearing the icon’s face and hundreds of thousands of rands to cover food costs for KFC and McDonalds.
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