R300m for Mandela's funeral was misappropriated - now there's more

Staff Writer | Mar 13, 2019
The woman found responsible for the misappropriation of R300m that was meant for Nelson Mandela's funeral, is alleged to have tried to misappropriate funds again.

The high court has dismissed an application by Eastern Cape provincial government director-general Marion Mbina-Mthembu failed a high court attempt o set aside public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's findings that R300m meant for Nelson Mandela's burial in 2013 was misappropriated. 

Mkhwebane’s 333-page report found evidence of widespread irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the procurement of goods and services for the memorial and funeral.

The expenditure didn’t meet the test of fairness, equity, transparency, competitiveness and cost-effectiveness.

Now Mbina-Mthembu is implicated in a tender scandal involving R171-million. Mbina-Mthembu presides over the office of the premier, which approved an IT contract despite instructions from the National Treasury not to do so.

The payment was earmarked for Cape Town-based Liquid Telecom for the provision of broadband services.

Mbina-Mthembu requested that the payment to Liquid Telecom to piggyback on an existing similar contract with the Western Cape provincial government, in terms of Treasury regulations.

But Treasury acting chief procurement officer Willie Mathebula rejected the request citing illegalities.

The payment was processed but was halted by the provincial treasury before payment could be made.

What is disturbing is less that Mbina-Mthembu is a repeat offender and more that she still holds down a high-level and responsible position. South Africa can’t afford any other the best possible person for the job. 




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