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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has been rocked by allegations that it paid R118 million to acquire a vacant prime piece of land which doesn't exist.

News24 can reveal that Dirco lost R118 million it paid as an upfront fee to buy the piece of land to build office space and accommodation for South Africa's permanent missions to the United Nations and the country's Consulate General in New York.

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