Probe launched into claims that SA diplomat ruined an Austrian apartment

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  • It is alleged a SA diplomat in Austria left an apartment in a severely damaged state. 
  • The cost to repair the apartment in Vienna is estimated to be about R715 000.
  • Dirco are investigating the matter.  

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has launched an investigation into allegations that a South African diplomat in Austria left his rented apartment in a horrific and damaged state.

The Rapport Newspaper reported that when the diplomat, David Kweli Nkosi, moved out of the apartment in Vienna, the owner, Karl Widy, discovered the extensive damage.

It will cost an estimated R715 000 to repair.

Widy told the newspaper that all the electrical appliances in the kitchen, including the fridge and microwave, were destroyed. There were no glasses left, and valuable cutlery was also missing.

He also alleged that the door and window frames were damaged, and the sink, bath and toilet were stained.

The entire place was also allegedly infested with cockroaches.

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Dirco spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said the matter was receiving urgent attention and an investigation is underway, which will also determine liability.

Ngqengelele said the diplomatic mission had indicated it would repair the damages, but the landlord wanted to do it himself.

Dirco has also been in touch with the Austrian government following the incident.

AfriForum on Wednesday sent a letter to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor, demanding that the damages be paid for out of Nkosi's own pocket

"This behaviour by a South African diplomat is unacceptable and taxpayers should not be burdened with paying for these damages," AfriForum's Ernst van Zyl said.


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