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Premier’s house costs tax payer R1.2m

06 February 2013   (0 Comments)
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R1.2m was spent on new furniture, linen and curtains for Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's official home. R3.2m was spent when the previous provincial premier,Mbhazima Shilowa, lived there.

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Over the last four years, R1.2m was spent on new furniture, linen and curtains for Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's official home after she moved into the house in Bryanston in May 2009, reported Beeld.

Prior to that, provincial premier Mbhazima Shilowa lived at the house between 2005 and 2009, when furniture worth R3.2m was bought, amongst others for a liquor and cigar bar.

When Mokonyane moved in, she removed the bar and cigar bar and replaced it with a dining room and living room.

All five bedrooms got new linen and curtains. A new TV unit, coffee tables, beds, mattresses and couches were also bought.

This was revealed in an answer by the provincial department of infrastructure development in response to a question by the DA.

Mokonyane's spokesperson said the provincial department determined how much was spent on the house.

"Her official home is state property and therefore renovations are determined through a process of analysis, planning and budget,” said Thebe Mohatle.

Shilowa's furniture would be sold at an auction.

The DA's Jack Bloom said the R4.4m of furniture that had been bought for the home since 2005 was a huge waste of taxpayer's money.

"About 15 RDP homes could be built for the price of Mokonyane's smart furniture.”


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