The Public Protector has found widespread maladministration and misappropriation of funds amounting to R300 million by the Eastern Cape provincial government in the funding of Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane released the findings of her investigation in Pretoria on Monday afternoon during a press conference.
Mkhwebane says hundreds of millions of rands were improperly spent on the funeral.
“Whether the Eastern Cape provincial government improperly diverted public funds amounting to R300 million, the allegation is substantiated.”
Mkhwebane also says that the funeral was poorly planned.
“There was no properly coordinated plan for all different role players in the funeral and related activities from the level of national, provincial and local government and public entities.”
“Despite the fact that there were earlier discussions and a plan at a national level for the funeral of [former] president Mandela, it did not translate into advanced and coordinated planning in the Eastern Cape.”
The Public Protector has ordered that President Jacob Zuma issue a proclamation for the Special Investigating Unit to investigate unlawful appropriation of funds and expenditure on Mandela’s funeral.
Mkhwebane says the matter must now be referred to the Special Investigating Unit.
“To investigate the unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property.”