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R1.4bn upgrades to ministers' homes

2012-11-09 08:34

Cape Town - The public works department is currently upgrading the official residences of the president, deputy president and Cabinet ministers in Cape Town and Pretoria at a total cost of approximately R1.4bn, Die Burger reported on Friday.

This comes amid the growing scandal over the upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla, at an estimated cost of R248m.

According to submissions by the public works department:
 - R404m is being spent on 17 ministerial residences on the Fernwood estate at an average cost of R23.7m each
- A R192m project is under way at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the president’s official residence in Pretoria
- R13.7m has been allocated for maintenance of and repairs to Oliver Tambo House, the official residence of the deputy president.
- A R105m project is under way to build a new luxury VIP residence in Pretoria

These estates form part of the department's prestige portfolio. Building work has already started at the four state properties occupied by the president, deputy president, ministers and their deputies.

DA MP Anchen Dreyer told Die Burger that the amount being spent on these upgrades shows how far removed the government is from the average South African.

"One understands that there have to be official residences, but R14m for upgrading one home? One can buy palaces for that kind of money."

Dreyer has approached the chair of the public works parliamentary portfolio committee to request that the minister explain the upgrades.

Public works officials were not available for comment on Thursday.
 

Comments
  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-09 08:38

    Payola for ignoring Nkandla and other corrupt dealings? A payoff?

      peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-11-09 08:56

      yeah...a pay off with a couple million extension to his house

      susanna.williams.731 - 2012-11-09 20:24

      Maybe an unsuccessful bidder for these bids (if the bid processes were followed), would like to comment on the realistic market related costs for these upgrades? It looks too much like a case of elevated costs being approved to enrich certain individuals. A question in Parliament can perhaps clear this?

      hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-11-10 00:04

      As the man says they could buy new mansions for 14 million.

      honey.deelishus - 2012-11-10 01:22

      enough you thieving swine!

      heathway.master - 2012-11-11 08:55

      And the ANC spends so much time working out schemes to squeeze even more tax from its citizens i.e. Eskom Rates will increase 8 times by 2020, country wide e-toll system, rates and taxes trebling, tax on share dividends to be taxed up front before payment, capital gains tax, reducing tax deductions on medical expenses to almost zero, taxing SA citizens money deposited overseas. 14% VAT, Fuel Taxes, Import tax, ( Most expensive new cars in the world ) Carbon tax for all new vehicles ( Not a single cent goes back into environmental issues, as the tax is meant for ). And then we have free houses, electricity, water, hospital, education to the majority, paid for by the usual 10% of the population. Oh yes, what about National Health Scheme, to integrate public and private hospitals to give the non paying 90% the best of the best. etc. Then we have the scum ball civil service siphoning off hundreds of billions for its life of grandeur and excessive remuneration. The civil service now costs the country 500 billion rand a year, for most of them to clock in and clock out each day, with little motivation to serve the country with dedication and efficiency. These official residences have been perfectly satisfactory for Mandela and Mbeki, as well as the previous Government ministers. What makes the new lot of thugs so special. Time for toy toing and mass action from countries tax payers.

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-11-09 08:38

    Of course these houses need this upgrade.They are falling apart like all the township shanties.After all we cannot all slum it.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 08:50

      Lol....

      p.borchard - 2012-11-09 09:53

      The new VIP units is necessary to house all the corrupt chommies. Who cares that they are wanted for crimes against humanity in their own countries? Welcome to South Africa, the land of milk and honey!! South Africa will always be a safe haven for every African 'leader' who has proven to be even more corrupt than our own band of thieves. Just pay a couple of billion that you stole from your own country into the Swiss accounts of zuma anc co. and you are guaranteed the cushiest life in the sunshine with honourary degrees thrown into the mix.

      an.saint.5 - 2012-11-09 10:45

      I would like to ask everyone who's commenting on the ANC corruption to please state the amount of money with all it's zeros for all to see. I know it may sound ridiculous but I have this theory that ANC supporters are failing to grasp what R240 000 000 and R 1 400 000 000 looks like.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-09 10:52

      The people of this country must look on you with disgust,distaste, repugnance and loathing. you have robbed the poor to enrich yourselves. People of South Africa must take their heads out of the sand and see you for what you really are.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 10:45

      You know PB, I doubt that the expat criminal leaders who take refuge here have any shekels to pay to our crooks and neither do the African National Crooks Party MP's because they are all spending way beyond their salaries on their chommies or they wouldn't have to use taxpayers money to fund their megalomaniac dreams. What they are really doing is building their own HOME lands while they can. The question someone wanted nasked in Parliament will not be answered as it will be seen as frivolous and unconstitutional grandstanding by the CRooks Party and the Whip who is Angie's husband BTW will veto it. I would like to give these Crook MP's the benefit of the doubt and think that they imagine this is how all colonialists got rich in the past because they are stupid,inexperienced and ignorant but sadly that would make me delusional. This is about survival of the fittest and to hell with the poor in the African outer suburbs. BTW why DO we still refer to them as townships and not suburbs and Native Unit 13 for example instead of extension 13? Personally I find these terms left over from apartheid offensive and I am white. Do they perhaps not realise this or is it that they do not care? Motherwell Ext 5 sounds so much more binclusive than Motherwell NU5 but they want to change the names of whole towns FGS which is so stupid. I didn't know where the hell MBO was that is shown on the weather only to find that it is Nelspruit.Not to mention Mpumalanga and where it is.

  • carl.h.witte - 2012-11-09 08:38

    Pigs, snouts, gravy, trough?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 08:50

      Yep, there goes my 'upbringing' belief that you can only sleep in one bed etc.

      genet.joobs - 2012-11-09 08:55

      Massive delusions of grandeur these people. Horrific.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-09 09:26

      No wonder the cANCer cadres are murdering each other for a place on the gravy train, or is it now the gravy plane??????????

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-11-09 09:56

      ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-09 10:09

      @Denise you are so right, it clearly is an "animal Farm".

      Ollie - 2012-11-09 21:47

      @yaya When you have a family tree like Zuma's you need an excess of 40 beds!

  • greig.saunders - 2012-11-09 08:39

    Sick and tired of my taxes going to these thieves and not the poor men and women on the street, as well as the crumbling infrastructure!!!! >:(

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-09 09:32

      @ 1gascan: Don't you worry, next week there will be an article on News 24 where the poor will be complaining & some ANC politician will be laying the blame squarely at YOUR (the taxpayer's) door step. Ha ha ha, votela iANC, ha ha ha!!!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-09 09:45

      and then YOU are painted as the enemy too keep the poor in line

      greig.saunders - 2012-11-09 10:19

      @Warren and Denis: I hear you, but unfortunately some do not have the luxury of news on a PC or on TV or even on a newspaper. Propaganda, brainwashing and hidden agenda's are the order of the day when our government deal with the poor - and who suffers the most? They do (at our expense).

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-09 11:25

      @ 1gascan: Unfortunately, the truth really does not matter (even if you have access to the news). What matters is who is convenient to lay the blame on. This is where history can teach us a lesson.

  • HRHWillyB - 2012-11-09 08:40

    no chance of a vote of no confidence ... they all enjoying the fruits of Zuma's 'goodwill' ... at our expense

  • Hemlock - 2012-11-09 08:40

    More corruption, more theft, more climbing on the gravy train. Hats off to Lindiwe Mazibuko . This lady has big steel balls!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-09 08:41

    A R192 million "upgrade"!!!!!!!!! Do you have any idea what kind of property you can buy for that money. R1 400 000 000 000 spent on some of the laziest SOBs the world has ever seen. Makes me f-ing sick.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-09 08:56

      If you do an audit (which will never happen) , you'll probably see most of this cash being filtered through various contracters till it ends in a bank account without a bag of cement being poured.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-09 09:34

      @ AllcoveredinNinjas: Spot on brother!!!

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-09 10:11

      I never knew cement was soo expensive, ANC has rocks for brains if they can't get it from a decent supplier.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-10 01:56

      1 400 000 poor blacks who could have been millionaires. If only they can grasp this.

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-11-09 08:41

    Have these people absolutely no shame at all???

      armand.horn.58 - 2012-11-09 09:40

      what is amazing is that these politicians were used to the minimum 20 years ago, and now they can't go without the maximum!

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-11-09 08:41

    Why this government always wasting?shame to the power people

      SharonE - 2012-11-09 09:40

      I have never voted for the ANC, but to the poor people living in shacks who placed their faith and hope in the ANC by voting for "a better life for all" this must be a very bitter pill to swallow..

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-09 10:15

      Some of the living conditions are horrendous, but when given free food and a t-shirt at these ANC rallys its hard for them to choose when they already have so little, some of them don't even know about the expenses of the ANC or even about this story, very sad, and they are blatantly lying to their supporters.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-11-09 08:42

    who f'ing authorized this???

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-09 08:43

      those who are above the law!!!!!!!!

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-09 11:51

      @ Truth24: I'm willing to bet my whole years salary that the people who authorized this are part of the upgrade.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-09 20:28

      ANC is not my ANC. What has become of us? I am ashamed. ANC of today not better than the nats. I am disgraced but also know that things will not change. The ANC have destroyed the education system, so uneducated people will continue to vote the same way. We could have been an African super power... I feel sick... What have they done to my country!

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 11:05

      Moses, one really doesn't need a private education to make a change. Just being able to read and write and listen and talk empowers you to go to the ballot box and vote for any party you choose. None of them are perfect and if that worries you then when you vote for local councillors and MPs draw a line through your ballot paper and write in your own language YOU ARE PIGS AND I WON'T SUPPORT ANY OF YOU. Spread this message to the tea girl and the toyi toyiers - nobody knows who you vote for and the truth is none of them have the answers. The DA has the most experience and ability but nobody talks about the real problem which is overpopulation and scarce resources. The people who vote for the ANC need an alternative that (a) will not cause them to be killed and (b) word of mouth was how it was done during the struggle or pamphlets. Socialism is merely capitalism transferred to the leading liberators of the poor and not to the poor themselves. The liberators do not realise that money as everything in life has to be earned and that they are accountable to those who pay taxes which is everyone eligible to vote. For them it is their turn at the trough and money grows on trees and if you want it then you must be prepared to die for it. In this country the poorer you are the less government can steal from you so redistribution is taking place except that they are taking from the poor and the poor don't know it.

  • mariuskowie - 2012-11-09 08:42

    How many low cost houses can be built for R1.4bn? How many toll roads could be fully paid for with R1.4bn? South African crime statistics are 100% for robbery. Not one single citizen have not been robbed by this nest of thieves we call Ministers!

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 11:12

      I was robbed back before 1994 but not since except in terms of taxes. I will not give in to paranoia and believe that only one ethnic group is capable of evil and nor will I fear them because I know that by doing so I am allowing the evil to win and death comes to all including the evil.

      mariuskowie - 2012-11-10 13:46

      Gail, we have ministers from various ethnic groups. We are being robbed as public funds from various taxes are being used for the enrichment of the political elite. We are not paying taxes so that billions can be stolen via fraudulent methods. You may not have a gun in your face or a knife against your neck with the robbers demanding money but what the ministers are doing could just as well be a robbery at gunpoint. For evil to prosper all it needs is for good people to do nothing.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-09 08:44

    Just imagine what 1.4Bn could have done for your village or town? "Prestige Portfolio" my @ss!!! Happy voting ANC supporters!!! Time you realize the ANC government is stealing the food off your table!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-09 20:35

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I will not vote for them again... Problem is millions of uneducated who don't know better and only fear the past. The DA must educate the public through tv and print media - it will sink in and we will change our government.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 11:29

      Moses, you need to tell what you are saying to cashiers and busdrivers and taxi drivers and anyone you meet in the course of a day. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO VOTE DA OR ANC AND NOBODY WILL KNOW. YOU JUST HAVE TO GO TO THE POLLS LIKE IT'S 1994 AND SPOIL YOUR VOTE BECAUSE SPOILED VOTES TELL A STORY WHEN THEY COME FROM A PARTICULAR ELECTORAL POLLING STATION. The results are given as percentages of turnout and spoiled votes form part of the total turnout. Stay aways can change nothing and nobody knows why they weren't there. If you stay away then you are effectively handing the vote to the largest party of voters supporting a particular party. Voting is the way to change the minds of the Majority party or to show displeasure at their failure or success in corruption and theft from you. Tell people this every time they complain about RDP house lists and failure or any govt failing. It isn't necessary anymore to walk miles and go on hunger strikes and risk dying. VOTE on voting day will do more to change them than any burning of tyres, petitions etc. Have you hard that the ANC are now talking about redictribution for electoral districts just as the Nats did during apartheid. What exactly is the difference then? Vote for a party who has the smarts to rectify the education system for starters and restore confidence in South Africa to investors and tourists. There is a huge difference between Zuma and all other politicians. He is the biggest capitalist of them all & has many wives & fatkids.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-09 08:44

    Here it seems that it is a case of crony suppliers, supplying a tin of paint for a thousand rand plus, and a bag of cement for the price of a new truck. This is how they fleece, and the asset forfeiture unit should br looking into any family companies who may or may not be involved. Rest assured that even the slightest investigation will reveal massive fraud, and that many beech houses and super luxury cars will be able to be confiscated from those owning companies that are supposedly supplying government. There will be much more cheques than balances.

  • nishaatf - 2012-11-09 08:46

    When do we vote Again , Just hope South Africians has open there eyes , and let a party Party Step in ,

      CeRvAnTeS - 2012-11-09 08:57

      Sheeples will sadly still follow their false promises blindly and yet again vote cANCer...

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-09 09:38

      Unfortunately a free yellow t-shirt & a freaking chicken will convince them otherwise.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-09 20:38

      Most just fear the past. The DA must speak to the masses in their own language not English. We can save this place- we need to work together... These homes that the ANC is building can still be sold to hotel groups and rdp housing can be built with the money. There is still hope. Don't give up! Together we will beat this.

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-15 10:39

      Moses , indeed these places can be sold. I am tempted to advertise them for sale with a date of occupation 'after the next election'.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-09 08:46

    Where does it stop?? For that kind of money the private sector buils top quality homes for less. Where are the oversight committes?

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-09 11:55

      Don't you know? The oversight committee is also part of this upgrade.

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-11-09 08:47

    Why cant they live in shacks like the rest of us?

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-11 08:50

      Thats a good point but where would they park their 4 cars?

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-09 08:47

    What kind of renovations are this,I mean R14 million can built a new house[mansion] from scratch. Whats happening here,cause it seems like every 5 years this house are renovated

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-09 08:52

      just another way of withdrawing cash, ATM's is not the only way.

      wo0two0t - 2012-11-09 11:54

      You'll probably find that the sub contracted upgrade cost was 2 odd Mill the other 12 Mill went to one or two well-connected BEE beneficiaries just for being black or mates with some politician just so it can be awards to a BEE company - BEE works right?!?

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-09 08:47

    My late Russian, Jewish, grandfather (bobe) was a very 'raunchy' person. Notice of these sort of shenanigans, would have him ...spitting on the ground and commenting in a very loud voice, "vell f***k me sideways, the goniffs are even eating the fobidden parts now"....'cuse the spelling... In essence, nothing is sacred now, they will eat us all up.

      genet.joobs - 2012-11-09 08:57

      Oh well said. and absolutely correct.

  • antonie.ras - 2012-11-09 08:48

    I'm going to start with tax evasion and with corruption....then I will florish in SA just like these corrupt leaders.

  • ledile.mahapa - 2012-11-09 08:48

    OHHHHH WOOOOOOOWWWW.SERIOUSLYYYYYYYYY. The money suggested for upgrades couldve easily bailed out 1time.The same money could be used to subsidize eskom tarriffs, feed the hungry, help local manufacturers as most are selling out to foreign investors coz of how capital intensive and expensive staying in industry is, help with the education crisis in our country, BUT INSTEAD ITS UPGRADING HOUSES?????????PEOPLE PLEASE STOP VOTING FOR THE ANC.

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-09 09:06

      Yes, and for those that don't know, please think of SA's future. Come on peeps, spread the word.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-09 09:16

      @ledile, so right you are! I also think of 80% of our people who goes to states hospitals for healthcare, just imagine how many healthcare nurses etc could have been trained with this money, just imagine the upgrades to the hospitals that could have been done...

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-09 09:51

      ledile - I could NOT agree with you more! I like your thinking! Don't you want to go to Managung please?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-09 10:15

      The ANC isn't thinking of SA's future, they are only thinking of their own selfish futures.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-09 20:45

      We need to take the ANC back from these corrupt criminals! The ANC of today makes me want to jump off a bridge. I can't believe how innocent they play in front of a crying nation. They make me sick and they have tarnished the ANC name forever. I have no words - just anger...

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 11:47

      Please go out into the townships and tell the voters there about this travesty of justice. Talk to e very potential ANC voter who you think will vote these crooks back in and explain that their vote counts more than strikes or toyi toyiing, A no vote is not counted and the elected officials of the majorioty party just don't care. You have to vote like 1994 even if it is just to spoil the ballot paper. It is the only way to show your contempt. Ballot papers are counted and compared to the number of people in a particular electoral district and called turnout. This is where you hold the ruling party hostage - not at Marikana or by throwing stones. Please ledile spread this message if you love your life and your country with all its people. We need each other. I will vote as I have always voted not because I am anti- a party but because I believe that the party I have voted for is the only one with the ability to bring sanity and fairness back and get rid of criminality. We need to start seeing people and not colours and get rid of laws which discriminate on the basis of anything but education of all. Imagine the number of clinics and hospitals and even teacher training centres this money could build. CHANGE THE GUARD AT THE TOP. Zuma and his comrades are all fat and living in mansions like Oprah's and Obama's. Oprah cares more about education than Zuma - she even built a school here.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-09 08:48

    What kind of renovations are this,I mean R14 million can built a new house[mansion] from scratch. Whats happening here,cause it seems like every 5 years this house are renovated

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 11:54

      Firmsly same as I have said to Moses and Kabilo goes for you. Education got you behind a keyboard. It is time to play the ball forward and tell those without education NOT to vote ANC but to vote for any other party in Parliament. I believe church and state should be separate however if you think they might be better than the ANC vote for them. Just make sure all the disillusioned who are not going to vote make the effort and go to the polls and vote in some way.

  • David - 2012-11-09 08:48

    And I guarantee that they get the contractor to over quote the job and then get the difference paid to them by the contractor. I was told of a very very prominent minister who did this for security services.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-09 08:48

    What kind of renovations are this,I mean R14 million can built a new house[mansion] from scratch. Whats happening here,cause it seems like every 5 years this house are renovated

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-09 08:48

    I honestly cannot believe it!!! How the F**K can they use that much public money to upgrade their private homes?? You ANC supporters, do you support this too? You don't mind they are spending so much money on themselves? No wonder the gap between rich and poor is widening. Anyone who continues to support these a$$holes, has dug their own grave.

  • tshepo.malia - 2012-11-09 08:48

    I would love to be a minister myself.This is indeed a lucrative position for one to hold.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-10 12:08

      Tshepo. I assume you are educated as you can read and use a computer. I wonder if you live in an RDP house and what job you are doing? If you arre working for yourself or a corporate how are you giving back to those who are still shackled because they do not now how to vote or how their money is being wasted by the very party who keeps promising things but doesn't deliver. Please inform people in lower walks of life how the real world works, who pays for your house and electricity and water and why. You see those brothers can't eat and don't get invited except once every 5 years to have a share of the wealth they are paying these ANCrooks by way of taxed transport e-tolls food etc. There are 52,000.000 million people living in SA. The liberators are rewarding themselves with R1,400,000,000 spread among possibly 168 fatpigs and their pals while hospitals and schools are falling down and the people in them are not paid adequately. Bear in mind that the money they are using is our money - they still have huge salaries and perks like top of the line cars paid for as well as blue light brigades just in case in similar. It makes you think.

  • elske.joubert - 2012-11-09 08:48

    I dont know if these people dont SEE the poverty stricken communities, people who dont even have a decent house to live in, theres no food on the table day after day, children often go sleep hungry, theres no running water... I mean, do these 'leaders' NOT see how much their people are lacking??!!! How can they even sleep at night? I even feel guilty if I have more than I need, which isn't even much, but still.

      Makenzi - 2012-11-09 08:52

      They only see during election time

      heibrin.venter - 2012-11-09 09:23

      @Elske: they DO see. They just don't care.

      jenny.nel.92 - 2012-11-10 14:16

      They just don't care.

  • rsteelegray - 2012-11-09 08:49

    we need to stop paying taxes...

      conquergp33 - 2012-11-09 08:58

      Wish i can say i have already, but we get taxed already on everything salaries, petrol, a can of tomatoes, siggies. You can try and stop but unless your a business owner that refuses to pay tax theres nothing you can do to stop them raping you your family and their children.

  • No.You're a handbag - 2012-11-09 08:51

    South Afrifail. Banana anyone?

  • eric.rimmer - 2012-11-09 08:53

    You get what you voted for

  • mzseatla - 2012-11-09 08:53

    Zuma Must Go!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-09 10:17

      Not just Zuma... ALL incompetent ANC members that are in public office. Naledi Pandor, Derek Hanekom they can stay. They seem to be the only intelligent, honourable ministers we have.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-11-09 13:08

      Zuma does not eat alone, the ANC eats as well. All members see what they are eating and do not moan or complain because they want only to eat as well.

  • smallies - 2012-11-09 08:53

    This so called goverment (DCS) owes dcs empoyees on avarage R70 00 pp overtime they say they do not have the funds but still they can do this,bunch of hypocrates

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-09 08:53

    Wow I had no idea South Africa had so much money going around??!!! Just a message from SARS \thank you taxpayer for your kind contribution please see what we are doing with your contribution!! Its so pleasing to see the President has a lovely compound and that he is looking after all his \comrades\!! On behalf of the President and the Govt I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the rest of the people of SA that your turn for good fortune is still a long way off your houses will remain incomplete for some time to come and that the NDP was really just words written on a piece of paper!! Sorry guys we come first then the people of SA but just not sure when until then be strong and vote for the right party!!!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-11-09 08:55

    The really sad thing is. You ask a poor oke living in a shack what he thinks of it, and his answer will be, "They deserve it, they worked hard"

  • kobus.erasmus - 2012-11-09 08:55

    Typical African country ! The ministers are living in absolute luxury while millions are jobless and starving....

  • tokkiel - 2012-11-09 08:55

    How many low cost houses can be build with this amount of money? Seriously people catch a wake up. Smell the coffee! they are depriving the poor from basic facilities. All I can say is the ANC is sooo yesterday.

  • melanie.askeland - 2012-11-09 08:56

    How must civil servants feel in their dingy offices, knowing the kind of money spent here? How must the homeless or shack dwellers feel? What has happened to ubuntu?

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-09 08:57

    Corrupt buggers! The whole lot of them

  • taryn.armstrong.7 - 2012-11-09 08:57

    Wow.....speechless. And this when people are starving and cant make ends meet. How many low cost houses would that have built for the people that actually paid these taxes......shamefull. Im embarressed to be called a citizen of a country that does this to its people, and shows thanks to them and their loyalty and trust in a government that can do this unapologetically.

  • Delils - 2012-11-09 08:58

    This is ridiculous! People going hungry, schools been closed and these people got time and money to upgrade houses they don't even use? It's time for change! Please people DO NOT vote ANC into power again!

  • phillipmongatane - 2012-11-09 08:58

    This is totaly insane! This government is full of skhothane tendencies. What they are doing is actualy fueling the anger of poor South Africans have towards the gov.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-09 09:20

      @phillipmongatane, the sad truth is at the end of the day government covers all this up some way or the other, at the end of the day they will find a way to fuel anger amongst race groups in SA, more sad is that we allow it rather than fighting the true evil.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-09 10:21

      Exactly. Why are we focussing on race issues? The problem isn't black against white, or white against black. The problem is SOUTH AFRICANS against corrupt, dishonourable (ANC) people in public office. Why are we fighting each other, because of skin colour, when it is the f**kers in government that is causing the gradual downfall of this awesome country.

  • Willie - 2012-11-09 08:59

    Why all this, in this economic climate, no delivery of books and then you have this for what

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-09 11:00

      F*CK SARS!!!!

  • philip.mostert.14 - 2012-11-09 08:59

    I say only tax payers should be allowed to vote. A case of fraud should be made against all of them. I get freaking audited by sars and i didn't even claim petrol. More legislation should be put in place to stop government officials they are crooks!

      lizette.wilsenach - 2012-11-09 14:06

      Phillip I agree!! Only tax payers should vote. Also we hear of these things going on but what are they going to do about it?? It must be stopped right now! Right Now!

  • Samuel - 2012-11-09 09:00

    Unbelievable!!! Upgrading a house with 14 million rands? What kind of house is that? In my township peoples houses were demolished by anc promising them new ones even to date poor people are staying in temporary structure like shacks and caravans waiting and here we talking about 3yrs back and yet some people public works upgrade the already palaces with so exorbitant amounts when people are still on waiting list for houses for 10 or so years.

      wo0two0t - 2012-11-09 13:07

      And these are the very people who put the ANC in power one would think they would help them out.

  • kelly.helfrich1 - 2012-11-09 09:01

    I have no issue with official residences that pass from one goverment official to another, that is at least an investment. A lot of those houses are historical monuments or just very old and so renovations dont come cheap. But why then do we have to pay for private homes too? How many homes does one person need? Obama doesnt have an official home in Kenya that his government have paid for. Thats becasue if he is doing his job, he wont be at his private home. Leading a country is kind of a full time job, hence the fact that the country provides you with a base to do that from. Why not build a hotel instead of these palacial homes that officials can stay in when they travel between our 4 goverment capitals?

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-09 09:01

    This is blatant thievery on the part of the cANCer that we all have come to expect.I for one am totally dismayed by how this countries government has turned out when so much was promised 18 years ago.Time for the world to realize they made a big mistake supporting this terrorist organization then..if it had been an organization of academics who had benefited from an education in the West,then things could have been so different!This country has been thrown to the wolves by the international community...Nelson Mandela's legacy is indicative of when a man chooses violence over any other way of peace.After all it's international pressure that handed them this country not military prowess so why Nelson choose this violent way in Rivonia so many years ago comes back to haunt him big time..hope he battles to sleep at night cause soon he will meet his maker and have to explain why he destroyed this country!

  • benita.debeer.58 - 2012-11-09 09:02

    Spread the news to those poor people living on the streets, and those waiting 18 years already for a little HOP house. Do you know poor child, that the government doesn't care about you, or about the suffering they cause you? Do you know Mr Unemployed how many jobs could have been created with R1,4 bilion! Don't be stupid and ignorant when you vote again, you will be sorry, just like you have been sorry, (manipulated, poor, raped, killed) for the last 18 years. How long are you going to die in this country due to your own stupidity?

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-09 09:17

      This is one of the most sensible comments which shows positive thinking, a great attitude and being proactive with practical solutions. Compare this with the howlt of self-pitying sheeple who moan behind their computers, calling others 'sheeple' as their best contribution. Way to go Ms de Beer. You give me hope

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-09 11:00

      F*CK SARS!!!!

  • ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-09 09:02

    This is ridiculous!!!

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-11 12:01

      This is ANC. You get what you vote for.

  • matt.ward.14203 - 2012-11-09 09:02

    I seriously would not have a problem with the government spending our hard earned taxes, on luxury homes for our well deserving officials, if every child in this country was in in a decent school, every person that is ill, will be well looked after, every person living in a shack finally had a bricked home . . . But NO. they are thieving off the very people that vote them in . . shame on you ANC. It will soon reach a stage when there is nothing left to steel, Just like every other African country, north of our border . . .SHAME ON YOU THIEVING BA$%ARDS !!!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-09 10:32

      Exactly. During election time, Zumba and his cronies go around, taking photo's of them "loving and caring" for the children. Yet once the results are out, they couldn't care less.

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-11-09 09:04

    what do you expect. FOLLOW MY LEADER. what's good g\r\nfor the geese is good for the gander.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-09 09:04

    And what happens if these ministers are being replaced, do they reposes these houses ?

      sarah.shabalala.9 - 2012-11-09 09:09

      The houses remain government properties and are only used by those in office but still that does not justify this ridiculous amount, for upgrades nogal.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-11-09 09:28

      @Sarah, that is the problem, Zuma's compound is NOT state property, he is taking a quarter of a billion rand (R250million) from South Africans for his own gain.

      asdhasgd - 2012-11-11 12:02

      Yeah when Zuma is kicked out all his cabinet members go with him out the door!! what then will the houses become?? vacant lots??