R65m spent to spruce up ministers' homes

2013-01-19 23:21

Johannesburg - The public works department spent nearly R65 million renovating the homes of ministers and deputy ministers in the 2011-2012 financial year, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper said Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi had admitted this in a parliamentary response to an MP's question on 14 December.

The renovation bills include: R15m spent on a Cape Town house allocated to Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti, an overhaul to a house costing R10.67m which was earmarked for use by Deputy Transport Minister Lydia Chikunga, and just under R5m on upgrades to a home allocated to Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Mtobeli Mxotwa, a spokesperson for Nkwinti, told the Sunday Times: "Minister Nkwinti does not have power over state assets or the homes. He just takes whatever the department of public works allocates."

Chikunga said it was "unfortunate and unfair" to be linked to the exorbitant spending.

"I have never requested renovations of R10m."

Joemat-Pettersson's spokesperson, Palesa Mokomele, referred queries to the public works department.

  • lownabester - 2013-01-19 23:36

    I am so tired of this, My bloody tax money paying for them, Stop is now!!!!

      amanda.khumalo.1291 - 2013-01-20 00:10

      can we also be tired of just commenting here and do something about it. it is not helping to just comment here.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-01-20 00:41

      Our ministers deserve that treat. Thank you cde Nxesi, may you live long.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2013-01-20 00:51

      Mbongeni - a treat is an icecream on a warm day. What they are doing is taking the p out of every single person who voted for them, and proving right those who didn't!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-20 01:41

      Mbongeni well good for you, and enjoy your shack and your outside toilet.

      judith.p.miller.7 - 2013-01-20 05:31

      The point is this money did not go into gold taps, it went into the back pocket of the tenderpreneurs...

      carpejugulim - 2013-01-20 07:12

      65 million that could have been better spent on upgrading hospitals and schools. If a minister wants renovations they should pay for it out of their own pockets

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-20 08:16

      aw the headless chicken mbongi is back from smoking his bong which has resulted in him desperately hanging on to his last remaining damaged brain cell.......................mampara!

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-20 08:17

      Mbongeni's attitude is the reason the tax money does not reach schools, hospitals etc etc. Idolising the elite. Weird.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2013-01-20 08:31

      This is a democracy the only way to get rid of this is at the ballot box

      mike.clery - 2013-01-20 08:32

      @Mbongeni - the minister isn't seeing much of that "treat". Most of that R15m is going to cronies of someone in Public Works. You can build a palace for R15m and I doubt that's what the minister's living in.

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-01-20 09:23

      When the DA takes over I hope they have public hearings into this corruption, and jail the criminals. If it is a private residence then it must be confiscated, All wastage like hotels and travel expenses must be paid back. Top of the list must be the arms deal, secondly zuma’s home and thirdly Joemat Peterson and the rest of the small fish. That will include he whole of the anc, the courts are going to be very busy, I don't mind paying for that.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-20 10:16

      Houses they occupy for 3-6 months a year

  • gert.jansen.3114 - 2013-01-19 23:46

    omg people are dying in South Africa of aids and such a lot of money getting spend on his house what a shame the priorities is not right here

  • hdejager3 - 2013-01-19 23:46

    Free ATM

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-01-19 23:56

    "I have never requested renovations of R10m." He knows nothing. It sorta happens overnight....

      Erna - 2013-01-20 02:04

      Remember zuma also didn't know about the improvements at Nkandla till one of the newspapers exposed him as a liar. But then lying is OK in this country. Don't know why they even bother to swear in people testifying in court - it means nothing, they still lie!

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-20 08:19

      ha ha, and Nkandla does not even belong to tax payers, its Zuma's personal property. ha ha ha, the joke is so sick, but I can't help laughing, we live in a huge big sick joke...

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-20 08:42

      You could buy a palatial mansion for R10 million. What kind of renovations cost R10 million. The mind boggles. More likely R500 000 for renovations and 9.5 million split between the contractor and the ministers.

  • germainestaley - 2013-01-20 00:09

    This is unacceptable. That money could have been spent on RDP housing. Maybe these politicians should be required to do a certain amount of mandatory community service every month to remind them why they are in these positions in the first place. They have lost touch with what their responsibilities are

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-20 08:20

      At least it was not wasted on keeping HIV clinics and the sort open. Why waste money on the poor when you can spend it on yourself. Ha ha ha ..sob

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-01-20 00:13

    Thats why this ministers looks so fat, because instead of serving the people with care they are busy enjoying themselves with tax payers money. Under Zuma's presidency everyhing is bad. To talk is just to waste time, but for the majority of the people in SA they will wait until they die for service delivery to come to them, corruption is at its best, how can people keep on voting for this Filth!

      prakash.singh.169 - 2013-01-20 00:17

      It is people like you to tell the majority black people not to vote for this corrupt ANC.

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-01-20 00:28

      I beg your pardon, can you say that again

      themba.khumalo.520 - 2013-01-20 07:04

      Anybody is allowed to campaign in this country. Why don't you, Prakash Singh, as a BLACK person, do that yourself?

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2013-01-20 07:06

      He means you are a person who thinks for herself and is an example to others.

      Dumblabrat - 2013-01-20 07:43

      Spot on!

      selina.tsele - 2013-01-20 07:45

      People like you? Xcuse me sir? Do xplain urself

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-20 08:22

      It happens because too many voters do not think the issues through, but instead vote blindly based on the empty promises made by assorted ANC politicians or even false racial perceptions. We end up with the government we deserve, not the government we need.

  • - 2013-01-20 00:19

    No wonder this country in such a messed up state. Spend, spend, spend!!! Govt does it so well. No wonder we have miners and farmworkers on strike. And when there's no gravy. What then? STRIKES=HIKES. And these morons don't know any better. Very interesting how the cost of living gets more and more expensive.

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-20 00:31

    How much did the public works spend refurbishing the homes of ordinary MPs from all political parties?

  • Swapie - 2013-01-20 01:01

    Oh Tina, only R5 m on your place? Sorry darling!

      Dumblabrat - 2013-01-20 07:44

      My thought exactly but then she is a mere female ....

  • Don.Tandy - 2013-01-20 01:14

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

      Erna - 2013-01-20 03:23

      Except with new confidence on zuma's part, it will probably get worse.

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-01-20 01:26

    i hope that voters are keeping a record of how the anc celebrity wana-be's are wasting money. it is easy to see why sone of them are prepared to kill/assassinate theiph fellow comrades just to hang on to the riches. this in a country where over 15million people depend on social grants. a vote for the anc will be a continuation of all these senseless spendings.

  • Erna - 2013-01-20 01:52

    How on earth can an upgrade cost R15 million or even R5 million? How much are these residences worth and what gives these politicians the right of living in these obscenely priced houses when the majority of their supporters live in shacks. They should be ashamed of themselves.

      oneconcernedude - 2013-01-20 09:41

      Erna, it is patently obvious that when a greedy, corrupt cANCer politician is engorging itself at the trough there is no space for being "ashamed"! These obscene gluttons are in it ONLY for themselves and do not exemplify emotions such as shame.

  • chris.barton.1690 - 2013-01-20 02:07

    ANC Ministers to South African Public: because, eish, hau, we did not join the struggle for nothing! We want our cut...

  • Julia Griffiths - 2013-01-20 02:35

    An absolute disgrace to be wasting the tax payers money. No consideration is given to the plight of our pensioners who only get R1200 per month while Zuma & company get to waste our tax money.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-20 02:47

    Public works? It should be called Zuma and ministers works department When r they going to renovate hospitals schools and clinics? For the anc the writing is on the wall The second revolution is here.The miners and farmworkers strikes are just the bigining.this is the same method used by the same anc against apartheid government. Sabotage the economy and infrastructure to bring the corrupt government to its knees

  • Erna - 2013-01-20 03:18

    This government can't supply proper facilities for our children; can't upgrade and supply hospitals; can't build houses for its population; but it sure knows how to make themselves comfortable. Hopefully the majority will remember all these things when voting in 2014. It seems as if the anc have become even more arrogant since zuma's victory at Mangaung - they say what they want no matter how inappropriate; and they spend money on themselves like there is no tomorrow. They have no shame.

      Erna - 2013-01-20 03:21

      ....And I am referring this to public works.

  • cindi.taitbasson - 2013-01-20 03:41

    Oh yes please send that on your homes you go to every night with a fridge filled with Woolworth's food while the people around you go hungry and children suffer!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-20 04:36

    Pity that despite this happening all the time it makes no difference to the poor sheep that keep voting for the anc.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-20 08:24

      Unfortunately I don't see that changing anytime soon

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2013-01-20 05:03

    If ANC really wants to close the gap between the rich and the poor, why can't it spend this on graduates who used NSFAS because of poor background to settle their debts? Looking at facts such as that it takes years for graduates to be employed and interests rates for nsfas grow everytime. When the graduate start working the loan would be more and to improve his/ her life will take the graduate years. Just a thought.

  • sizwe.beyi - 2013-01-20 05:07

    Absolutely ludicrous for govt to spend so much for renovations whist there are homeless people in this country,this realy sucks.

  • ndangahbrumilda - 2013-01-20 05:25

    Hey guys let us face the fact, the anc goverment, there is something wrong with the officials of ANC how can the reasonable person spend R65 million on renovating their houses, that money can be used on building schools for better education , clinic, hospital, busary , they do not think about other people they only think about themself and their children.poor people are sleeping with hunger,nd no work for them. Millions are being used for renovating some houses,

      Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-01-20 07:03


  • willie.olivier.144 - 2013-01-20 05:36

    Government employee that lives in a R15 million house? There is something very wrong here!

      Erna - 2013-01-20 06:45

      R15 million UPGRADE - add that to the original cost of the house. I can't even imagine what was used to get to this amount. And I suppose the minister stayed in a cheap B

  • farzana.khan.98229 - 2013-01-20 05:55

    this why i left south africa!!! nonsense

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-20 06:00

    It's easy 2fill in a blank cheque?? willy nilly??

  • manngo.thakhani - 2013-01-20 06:01

    R15m? On renovations? Really? I bet that's just what it says on paper.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-20 08:15

      Most of that probably ended up in some tenderpreneur's pocket.

  • Matt Gordon-watt - 2013-01-20 06:03

    economic rape ...... government policy?

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2013-01-20 06:24

    For some odd reasons the ministerial houses are renovated every year

      ttrevenen - 2013-01-20 11:54

      Interesting point!

  • corrupt.anc.3 - 2013-01-20 06:25

    A clear separation needs to exist between a minister's private residence and those residences owned by the state. A minister is employed like any other person, this employment is temporary of nature. The minister should be paid a salary with which they can choose to upgrade their home security or whatever else they please. The state should not pay. In the same way, Eskom should not pay for their CEO's security. Anglo should not pay for their CEO's security. If the state feels that ministers' lives are at risk then they should ask WHY? Could it be because the government KNOWS that their ministers have not delivered and are on a gravy train? Perhaps they know that the man on the street is soon going to get GATVOL?

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-01-20 06:34

    NICE to spend other peoples hard earned cash.

  • mmusi.leballo - 2013-01-20 06:34

    ANC r jus useless n corrupt

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-20 06:44

    It's not just the R250m and R65m houses, these houses don't stand empty. It's not just a house with a bed inside. How many extra R$ money on the furniture and cars to mach the house? I am sure the "deal" was not, the ANC will give you the Tax payers money for your house but you must buy your own furniture and cars. Nope! When the ANC send the money truck for the house they send the money bags with some extra spending money for the furniture and cars.

  • maraisl - 2013-01-20 06:52

    R65m = 812 rdp homes. Again the needs of the few is more important than the needs of the many.

  • Antipoaching - 2013-01-20 06:55

    anyone else notice that homes for MP's is the ome apartheid relic that the current govt has preserved intact? good health care, efficient civil service, good infrastructire, reliable electricity an education model (the old 'white' one) that worked all changed or allowed to decay but their free houses.. Millions spent to not only preserve but upgrade! Disgraceful

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-01-20 06:55

    ANC!!!ANC!!!ANC!!!why!!!why!!!why!!!they don't care about poor,2014 no vote to ANC from me till further notice!!!!

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-20 06:58

    Where in SA can we find some one that's good with numbers and was following the "money lost" and "money stole" from all of us the past 20 years. This person must calculate all these numbers the past 20 years, R250m + R65m + + + = R? Billion lost for ever and who took it. Then he must publish it so every SA can see the hole truth of what happened. Money lost, won't get it back into our economy

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2013-01-20 09:56

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-01-20 06:59

    ANC!!!ANC!!!ANC!!!why!!!why!!!why!!!they don't care about poor,2014 no vote to ANC from me till further notice!!!!

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-01-20 07:01

    so pleased that i as a tax payer could pay for the ministers homes , i would like to suggest that jacob buy himself a lovely holiday home at the coast this year and we would be honored to pay for that as well

  • john.thelps - 2013-01-20 07:02

    I wonder how much of the cost allocated went into the houses and how much went into their own pockets!

  • laurencepiper - 2013-01-20 07:15

    spending public money on private residences is corruption.

      mabasa.botiray - 2013-01-20 07:19

      that is true. this is very bad.

  • drakanevony - 2013-01-20 07:16

    And only 7 mil is being spent on upgrading schools? It makes for a proud South African to see the ANC have their priorities at the right places. This is the worst government in the whole history of this beautiful country.

  • gary.parker.75839 - 2013-01-20 07:17

    100 years of selfless struggle...

  • gary.parker.75839 - 2013-01-20 07:23

    100 years of selfless struggle...

  • gary.parker.75839 - 2013-01-20 07:27

    The struggle continues?

      danie.theron.925 - 2013-01-20 08:47

      They struggle to steal enough

  • lerato.letshabo - 2013-01-20 07:27

    Black people in power look at Zim and Botswana now South Africa they careless about the term economy and inflation the only language they speak is me and my family should get rich quick before weath runs dry. The worst is yet to come embrace yourself voters we have put them in power.

  • Chibuli - 2013-01-20 07:35

    This is bull$#1t! The ANC must be held accountable to the taxpayers for this misappropriation of our money. They answer to US, not the voters who don't generate the revenue used! Bloody incompetent government!

      Chibuli - 2013-01-20 07:43

      DA, do something about this. Grab the opportunity to win over millions of voters!

  • Evi - 2013-01-20 07:36

    Oh dear Lord. The largest Aids Hospital is closing as no money.. Then the next article that pops up on News 24 is this... What an IRONY !

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-01-20 07:38

    And then they say there is no money!!!

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-01-20 07:44

    That is why the ANC rather steal the money than investing it in education, keep the masses uneducated and uninformed!!

  • phil.grahn - 2013-01-20 08:00

    You are in Africa now, so suck it up. Long live the fat king and his many wives, and, to hell with everything else.

  • tumelo.mphahlele.5 - 2013-01-20 08:12

    Largest HIV clinic closing down due to lack of funds? Children still being taught under trees? Rising national debt? Etc. To paraphrase another reader; “the WANTS of the few outweigh the NEEDS of many!” We are living in a modern kleptocracy. Too bad only a few thousand voters guarantee a failing government continued power over the rest of us! And with bantu education still in full force 37 years after 1976, one can summise that the ANC wants to rule over a majority with inferior and mediocre education, so they may always be dependant on them, therefore having perpetual control over power! And then there's Bafana Bafana...