Cash-strapped police paid R175 000 for KZN commissioner's hotel stay, Parliament hears

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KZN police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. (Photo by Gallo Images/Darren Stewart)
KZN police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. (Photo by Gallo Images/Darren Stewart)

While KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi testified that former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and her team stayed in a luxury hotel during the July unrests, it turns out he too was staying in a hotel during this time.

The cash-strapped police coughed up R175 000 for Mkhwanazi to stay in a hotel between April and August while "minor repairs" were done to his official residence, which was also the subject of an "alleged" property dispute with a fraudster.

DA MP Ockert Terblanche asked Police Minister Bheki Cele in a written parliamentary question why "certain persons" stayed in a hotel while an official residence is reserved for them, on what date they were accommodated there and what it cost.

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