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South Africa Investigating Possible Abuse in Renovations of Ministerial Houses

June 8, 2018

The government of South Africa is investigating possible abuses in cost increases during the renovation of ministerial houses.

To conduct the investigation, South Africa's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has instructed the Director-General of the Department of Public Works, Mr Sam Vukela, to investigate and prepare a detailed analysis of the costs incurred by the department as a result of contract expansions and deviations from agreed contracts during those home renovations.

During a meeting with the department to discuss deviations and expansions in the public sector Scopa Chairperson Mr Themba Godi said the report must also include total costs of extras such as braai areas in the ministerial homes.

The Director-General was also ordered to investigate the circumstances around the employment of department Chief Financial Officer Mr Cox Mokgoro.

Members of Scopa wanted clarity on the employment of Mr Mokgoro as well as the contracting of his company, Honey Cloud Enterprises, to the Department of Public Works after a Treasury report raised questions about the process followed.

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