The egotistical mind-set of the high-almighty elite in the South African government, their idiocy, and their insatiable greed for luxury simply boggles the mind!
The information provided in this posting was sourced from a table compiled by the Democratic Alliance (DA). The table was created to monitor the ANC government's excessive expenditure, and to show how the needs of the ANC elite are put before the needs of ordinary South Africans.
Much of the wasteful expenditure was revealed in response to DA parliamentary questions, but some information was also revealed by the media. Although the table can be viewed by clicking here, I have provided a fairly detailed synopsis in this posting. It will give the reader a small glimpse into the world of the Mafia-style Communists who are now ruling (and ruining) this beautiful and magnificent country. Although Zuma has recently reshuffled his cadres and given some the boot, I strongly doubt if the corruption, thieving, and mismanagement will ever end.
CURRENT WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE = R1187 816 305.44 (APPROX)
R700 000 was wasted by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Department of Correction Services) for two full colour advertisements taken out in the City Press and the Sunday Times newspapers.
An unknown amount in excess of R200 000 was wasted by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Department of Correction Services) for renting properties at a cost of R30 000 per month and R35 000 per month respectively, for the National Commissioner of Correctional Services and the Gauteng Commissioner, despite both of them having an official residence available.
R5.5 million was wasted by Mike Sutcliffe (Municipal Manager - Durban City Council) for the design and maintenance of a new tourism website. The DA obtained an independent quote for the website which confirms that, given the specifications which they have in their possession, the website should have cost no more than R250 000. Indications are that it will cost approximately R2.7 million a year for the website’s maintenance.
An unknown amount in excess of R200 000, was wasted by Minister Geoff Doidge (Department of Public Works) for revamping Kings House, the Presidential residence in Durban. In doing so it is importing lavish fittings at three times the cost of what the local industry can provide.
R43 100 was wasted by Minister Rob Davies (Department of Trade and Industry) and Minister Ebrahim Patel (Department of Economic Development) on a lavish party to celebrate their budget vote speeches.
R33 300 was wasted by Minister Naledi Pandor (Department of Science and Technology) on an extravagant party to celebrate their budget vote.
An unknown amount in excess of R35 000 was wasted by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Gauteng Commissioner of Correctional Services) when she undertook a series of trips of little or no relevance to her mandate as Commissioner.
An unknown amount in excess of R20 million, was wasted by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) by hosting ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide, at a cost of R5 million a year. (He enjoys the same privileges as a Cabinet Minister, including a car allowance, security and accommodation. He has been in the country since mid-2004.)
An unknown amount was wasted by Speaker of Parliament, Max Sisulu. A KPMG report last year implicated Advocate Matyolo-Dube, Secretary to the NCOP and acting chief of legal services, in a network of nepotism which involved the employment of various members of her family and church circle in plum government positions.
About R242 000, possibly far more, was also wasted by Max Sisulu when Parliament spent at least R120 000 hiring hotels for committee meetings, despite parliamentary committee rooms being available. This figure is no doubt far below the actual cost, as it is based only on one particular round of committee meetings. It spent approximately the same amount on accommodation.
R10.6 million was wasted by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Zweli Mkhize, on an inauguration party at a cost of R10.6 million to the taxpayer.
R15.5 million was wasted by Minister Rob Davies (Department of Trade and Industry) when he, in probable contravention of the law, paid out National Lottery funds to the Jazz Foundation of South Africa, even though the CEO of the Foundation - Mr Leabua (Oupa) Salemane - is also a member of the Lotto’s Arts and Culture Distributing Agency.
R7 million was also wasted by the Free State Provincial Government (Department of the Premier) when they spent unjustifiable funds on the opening of the Free State legislature in June 2009.
R104 407 was wasted by Minister Richard Baloyi (Department of Public Service and Administration) when he held a party to celebrate their budget vote.
R41 558 was wasted by Minister Siyabonga Cwele (Department of State Security) also on a party to celebrate their budget vote.
R65 639 was wasted by Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi (Department of Health) when his department held two parties to celebrate their budget vote speech in the National Assembly (R34 000) and the National Council of Provinces (R31 000) respectively.
R52 365 was wasted by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, when the Department of Home Affairs held a party to celebrate its budget vote speech.
R90 000 was wasted by MEC Johannes Tselapedi (Department of Education - North West) to pamper and spoil education-officials at a day spa. According to Beeld newspaper: “the officialdom chose the exotic Mangwanani Moroccan full day package which cost R2 099 per person. They began with a light breakfast yesterday morning, after which followed face treatments, pressure point massages, body exfoliation, Izimanga (full body massage) and Molala (antique Indian / North African head massage). They were spoilt further with a decadent luncheon, refreshments from the bar and a variety of desserts. A gift package to spoil them further, included pampering products and long orange dressing gowns with matching hoods and slippers.”
Approximately R6 million was wasted by Angie Motshekga (Minister of Basic Education) when hundreds of thousands of specially watermarked papers for matric certificates were scrapped, so that new ones with a larger South African coat of arms could be printed instead.
R282 000 was wasted by the Mpumalanga 2010 Integrated Office, which took out several full colour, half page advertisements in The Sowetan newspaper, promoting three events being hosted to celebrate 300 days until the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Full colour, full page advertisements were also unnecessary placed in various local Mpumalanga-based newspapers, requesting volunteers for the tournament.
R1.17 million of fruitless and wasteful expenditure, incurred in 2008, has not been condoned for the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA).
R16.5 million was squandered by the Land Bank in fruitless and wasteful expenditure during the last financial year. This was revealed in the Land Bank’s 2008/09 Annual Report.
R1,45 million was wasted by the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority (THETA). This was noted in the Auditor General’s report which stated: “Theta incurred fruitless and wasteful expenditure amounting to R1 456 000 for the settlements of the legal case with a service provider.”
Approximately R1 million was wasted by Mpumalanga’s public works head, Priscilla Nkwinika, by irregularly awarding multimillion-rand contracts to undeserving companies.
R300 000 was squandered by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLF). It admitted spending R300k from the pockets of taxpayers and at the cost of service delivery - on a ‘project launch’ celebration party.
R4 million worth of assets, including vehicles, could not be found. This came to light in an Auditor General’s report related to the Department of social services.
R22 million was wasted by the SABC when it commissioned local programming, which it had no intention of using. A report by the Auditor General has revealed fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure of R111.46 million – which was paid for the acquisition of international programme content – “…double payments, overpayments, material paid for but not received, programme titles acquired more than once from the same supplier during the same license period.” No corrective action was taken by the former GCEO, despite his knowledge thereof.
R15, 876 million was wasted by the Department of Public Works, when 147 would-be artisans were employed by the department. However, instead of promised apprenticeships, some have played cards in the sun, braided each other’s hair, slept -- and gone drinking. All the while taking home a monthly salary of close to R6000 each (over 18 months). The Sunday Times has established that owing to cost-cutting in the department, none of the trainees, recruited through national newspaper adverts in 2007, ever received their promised training.
R84 240 was wasted by the Department of Public Works 2009 budget vote celebration party.
R101 408 worth of wasteful expenditure was recorded in the 2008/09 National Treasury Annual Report.
R4 979 000 worth of wasteful expenditure was recorded in the 2008/09 Sport and Recreation Annual Report.
R661 646 was the total loss suffered as a result of the Department of Public Works changing banking details (due to possible fraudulent activity).
R9 800 000 was wasted by the KwaZulu-Natal government MEC for community and safety. The department could not explain the waste of R10-million on "a commission of inquiry into ineffective policing", from 2005, that produced no results - not even a final report!
R4.8 million wasteful expenditure was recorded in the 2008/09 Land Affairs annual report.
R4 587 000 wasteful expenditure was recorded in the 2008/09 Department of Defence Annual Report.
R2.2 million, according to an Annual Report, was wasted on defective work on the construction of the Eesterus Clinic and the Sebokeng Folateng - (Gauteng Department of Health).
R496 371 wasteful expenditure was recorded in the 2008/09 Department of Arts and Culture Annual Report.
R235 000 was wasted by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mtethwa, when he splurged out R235 000 on a luxury hotel.
R383 618 was the amount acquired by Economic Development MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu, when he chose to use his own car and to get reimbursed for all the expenses. Between May 11 and the end of August, he was paid a total of R383 618.07 for using his car on official business (travel claims). In May he was paid R93 778.18, in June R110 165.82, in July R95 771.93 while in August, he was paid R83 902.14.
R33 330 was wasted on a budget vote party by the Department of science and technology.
R267 000 was wasted by the Minister of Basic Education on a budget vote party.
R447 252 was wasted by the State funded Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on a farewell party for Wendy Luhabe. Wendy was rehired 2 weeks later.
R461 227 was wasted on a party organized to mark the occasion of the delivery of the Minister of Transport’s Budget Vote in an Extended Public Committee in the National Assembly on Friday, 03 July 2009. The function was paid for entirely by the Department of Transport. It included R248613.95 spent on décor and sound equipment, while catering costs amounted to R61919.15. A further R138486.71 was spent on an exhibition.
R 893 641 was wasted by the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), when it purchased R615 043 worth of printer cartridges that were not compatible with their printers. PSIRA also signed a lease to the amount of R278 598 for premises that are not utilised by them.
R3.3 million was wasted by Police chief, Bheki Cele, on a house in an upmarket Pretoria suburb instead of opting for a less expensive official residence in Silverton, demonstrated his lack of prudence, and is a slap in the face for President Jacob Zuma's austerity measures.
R 1 340 388 is the amount spent by several National Departments on budget vote parties:
- Energy: R412 077
- Social Development – R180 026
- Arts and Culture – R223 281
- International Relations – R160 440
- Human Settlements – R114 184
- Correctional Services - R101 594
- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs – R67 768
- Police – R56 695
- Justice and Constitutional Development – R24 323
R40 million was wasted by the Department of Human Settlements on advertising during the 2008/09 financial year after an initial budget of R20 million.
R150 million was wasted by the South African Police Service (SAPS) when they purchased a Cessna Citation Sovereign private business jet to usher cabinet ministers and senior officials around South Africa and Africa.
R23.9 million was wasted when the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) spent R54 million on 22 conferences during the period 1 January 2006 to 30 September 2009. The most expensive event (Global Forum V Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity) cost R23, 9 million, for just 850 guests. The average cost per head in the case ballooned to a staggering R28 118.
R157 000 was wasted by the Gauteng Health Department. R107 000 of taxpayer’s money was spent on calendars that came too late to be useful, and another R50 000 on a workshop that most delegates didn’t pitch for (62/150 attended).
R1,6 million was wasted by The Head of human resources at the Department of Communications. She faces 26 internal disciplinary charges related to her alleged misconduct, including gross negligence, breach of duties and wasteful expenditure. She allegedly insisted that three companies provide recruitment services to the department for 2 years at a cost of R3-million, against department policy. The department believes that this amounted to "fruitless and wasteful" expenditure of about R1,6m as there were employees in the department who could have done the same job.
R4 million was ‘misspent’ by the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport in Mpumalanga, while in the process of recovering R61-million lost to corrupt officials. The government department claims it spent the money “wrongly” while preparing for the construction of the provincial archive in Mbombela.
R32 million was wasted by the Department of Public Works when it paid a contractor for a housing project, which was cancelled due to inadequate research prior to awarding the tender.
R584 000 was wasted by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa during the Soweto function which did not benefit commuters.
R117,5 million is what it’s going to cost the Gauteng provincial government to cancel its motorsport contracts. This is another enormous waste of money, which could have been avoided had the right decisions been made years ago. Economic Development MEC Firoz Cachalia tried to claim that his department had saved R796 million by cancelling the A1Gp, SBK and Superstars contracts. In Reality, his department did not save R700 million, it lost R117million!
R75.7 million was wasted by the Department of Transport while hosting four conferences between 2007 and 2009, which included nearly R12-million spent on VIP shuttle services, and millions more spent on various forms of entertainment, advertising, cocktail functions and promotional gifts. The Department is yet to explain how these conferences added a single cent of value to any of the Department’s infrastructure delivery projects.
About R100 million of taxpayers' money had been lost due to financial mismanagement in 18 KwaZulu-Natal municipalities, the province's co-operative governance MEC confirmed this in February.
R2.9 million is the amount the KwaZulu-Natal government's department of economic development and tourism has wasted an additional theatre production, in much the same way as the Department of Housing did towards the end of last year.
R104 838 was the amount spent by Mr Makhenkesi Stofile (Minister of Sports and Recreation) on a cocktail dinner party with only 100 attendees. This results in a cost of R1000 a head per guest. The decision to host a party to celebrate no achievements and nothing more than an announcement is absurd.
R3 million covered the costs of a 40-strong Nigerian delegation overseeing the April election in KwaZulu-Natal, including a food bill of R267,000.
R42 million was squandered by the Arts and Culture department, on a series of gala dinners and music concerts, and the handing out of complementary gifts.
Approximately R645 000 was wasted due to a range of financial irregularities at Lejwelepustwa district municipality in the Free State, including two Bomag construction vehicles bought for R440 000, but never received, groceries of more than R15,000, R4000 spent on eight soccer balls, R7200 on 12 volleyballs and R4200 on six rugby balls. An employee, who exceeded her sick leave by 192 working days, was paid, resulting in an expense of R174,129.
R40 million was wasted by the Minister of Police on National Police Day, involving the summoning of one out of every three police officers in the country to Bloemfontein.
R15 Million was spent on “Spousal support” under President Zuma.
R 515,000 was wasted by the Minister of Communications on prolonged luxury five-star hotels, including the Mount Nelson Hotel and Twelve Apostles Hotel and a Spa in Cape Town.
R 319,265 was spent by the Minister of Communications on furniture for the Minister's residence but was kept in storage while the minister lived in luxury hotels.
Approximately R 2 million was spent by the SA Police Service on VIP protection for ANC Youth League President Julius Malema, since November 2009.
R 16 million was spent irregularly on sending 18 learners on soccer training to Brazil - (Mayor of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality)
R 22,300,000 was wasted by the SABC on rental space for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
R127,300,000 WAS WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE ON THE 2010 WORLD CUP:
- R 16.7 million spent by the Department of Trade and Industry (including the Industrial Development Corporation) on approximately 3054 World Cup tickets.
- R 12 million spent by Eskom on 1110 World Cup tickets, including 700 top-drawer ‘hospitality tickets’ valued at R 17 000 each.
- R 12.5 million spent by PetroSA on 1000 World Cup tickets.
- R 1.4 million spent by the Central Energy Fund on World Cup tickets.
- R 5.2 million spent by the Department of Communications on 2786 World Cup tickets.
- At least R 4.5 million spent by the ANC-run City of Johannesburg on World Cup tickets, T-shirts and other paraphernalia. DA councillors gave their tickets back in accordance with party policy.
- R 4 million spent by the ANC-run Gauteng provincial government on 4613 World Cup tickets.
- R 6,8 million spent by the ANC-run Free State province.
- R 15 million spent by Mangaung Municipality in the Free State.
- R 918 973 spent by the Department of Tourism on 180 World Cup tickets.
- R 23 million spent by South African Airways (SAA)
- R 800 000 spent by the South African Post Office
- R 314 000 spent by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
- R1 million spent by Sentech.
- R3, 3 million spent by the SABC.
- R 730 520 spent by Mbombela Municipality.
- R 1, 2 million spent by Mpumulanga’s Department of Sport, Art, Recreation and Culture.
- R 500 000 spent by Tshwane municipality.
- R 278 160 spent by the Eastern Cape’s Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
- 9.5 million spent by the Department of Defence on a dedicated DoD VIP lounge at OR Tambo International Airport for use by Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, department officials and official guests.
- R 3 million spent on a statue of King Shaka Zulu for Durban’s new King Shaka International Airport which was removed because KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize and King Goodwill Zwelithini did not like it.
- R 1.5 million spent by the ANC-run eThekwini municipality on a statue of an elephant that was removed because it resembled the emblem of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). The statues were commissioned as the first part of a multi-million rand upgrade of Durban’s new Warwick Avenue interchange.
- R 1.4 million spent by the Department of Public Service and Administration on two luxury cars for Minister Richard Baloyi, a BMW X5 3.0d (at R 712 400) and a Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI (at R 666 850).
- R 1.5 million spent by the Department of Transport on self-congratulatory advertorial inserts in several national newspapers, each featuring 27 full-colour photographs of Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele.
- R 319 000 spent by the Department of Public Works on new furniture for Hoogelegen, the official residence of Deputy Justice and Constitutional Development Minister JJ De Lange.
- R 31 000 spent by Gauteng Premier and ANC National Executive Committee Member Nomvula Mokonyane on a large, full-colour advertisement of herself.
WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE ON LUXURY VEHICLES:
R11 million was wasted by the Free State Provincial Cabinet when they purchased new Mercedes-Benzes for each member (11 in total). They comprised 10 Mercedes-Benz S500s and 1 Mercendes-Benz S600 for Premier Ace Magashule.
R796 003 was wasted by Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, when the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries bought a new Mercedes Benz S350 for the Minister. It included R15 000 worth of extras.
R1 362 361 was wasted by Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Department of Police) when he purchased two luxury vehicles, a 2008 BMW X5 3.0D and a 2009 BMW X5 Si 3.0. The cars include some R202 000 worth of extras, including reverse cameras; a navigation system; sport suspension; a sunroof; and electronic seat adjustment.
R1 406 813 was wasted by Minister Naledi Pandor, when the Department of Science and Technology purchased two new cars (Mercedes Benz 2009 S250 and Mercedes Benz 2009 S250) at a cost of R1.4 million for the Minister. The cars included R150 000 worth of extras including Metallic paint; Command navigation; a media interface; DVD player; a technical off road package; Heated front seats; Xenon active lights; a Sunroof; run flat and private glass.
R1,263,113 was wasted by Ms Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, on the unnecessary purchase of a Range Rover for the Pretoria office and an Audi A6 for the Cape Town office.
R1 million was wasted by North West province’s Moretele Mayor, Asnath Molekwa, who purchased a Toyota Prada valued at more than R480 000 and a BMW X5 at more than R550 000.
R1.1 million was wasted by the Department of Higher Education when it purchased a new R1.1 million BMW 7501 for Minister Blade Nzimande.
R740 000 was the price paid for Bitou Mayor Lulama Mvimbi’s new BMW X5. It is the most expensive vehicle used by any official in the entire Western and Eastern Cape provinces.
R796 003 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz 2009 S350, for Tina Joemat-Petterson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
R757 545 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz E500, for Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health.
R820 204 wasted on the purchase of a Range Rover HSE, for Phumulo Masualle, MEC for health.
R616 000 wasted on the purchase of a Audi Q7 3.0 litre TDI, for Pemmy Majodina, MEC for public works.
R772 266 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz ML500, for Mcebisi Jonas, MEC for finance.
R620 000 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz ML 320 CDI, for Sibongile Manana, MEC for community safety.
R583 000 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz ML 500, for Dikeledi Mahlangu, MEC for health.
R699 000 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz ML 350, for Mohlalefi Mokoena, MEC for traditional affairs.
R845 200 wasted on the purchase of a BMW X5, for Madala Masuku, MEC for human settlement.
R727 571 wasted on the purchase of a BMW X5, for Pinky Kekana, MEC for transport.
R878700 wasted on the purchase of a BMW 740i, for Boitumelo Tshwene, MEC for Agriculture.
R900000 wasted on the purchase of a BMW 735, for Mahlakeng Mahlakeng, MEC for public works.
R900000 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes GL500, for Desbo Sefanyetso, MEC for housing.
R874 200 wasted on the purchase of a Mercedes GL500, for Johannes "OJ" Tselapedi, MEC for education.
R795064 wasted on the purchase of a Audi Q7 4.2, for Grace Pampiri, MEC for sports and culture.
R890 500 wasted on the purchase of a BMW X6, for Gordon Kegakilwe, MEC for local government.
R1.5-million wasted on the purchase of two BMW 550is, for Thokozile Xasa, Deputy minister of tourism.
R1 625 366 was wasted by the Deputy Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, when a Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI was purchased at a cost of R868 000 for the Pretoria office, and an Audi Q7 4.2 TDI was purchased at a cost of R757 366 for the Cape Town office.
R672 938 was wasted by the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises on the purchase of an Iridium Silver Mercedes-Benz E350.
R2.4 million wasted by Minister Siphiwe Nyanda (Department of Communications) for the unnecessary procurement of two new luxury cars (BMW 750is) at a cost of R1.1 million each. R150 000 was wasted on additional extras for these cars.
R1.7 million was wasted be Minister Angie Motshekga (Department of Education) for the unnecessary procurement of a BMW 730D, and a Range Rover Sport TDV8, at a total cost of R1.7 million.
R900,000 was wasted by the Department of Water and Environment Affairs, when it purchased a BMW for deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi.
R1.2 million was wasted on the procurement of a luxury vehicle (BMW 7 Series) for former Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel. The wasted expenditure also included R100,000 in unnecessary accessories.
R1.6 million was wasted by the Deputy Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, on two new ministerial vehicles, including R83 879 on extras like ceramic surround controls, an off road package, media interface and a multi-contour seat package.
R 576 444 was wasted by the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements on a BMW 530d, 2009 model.
R662 499 was wasted by the Minister in the presidency when a Volkswagen Touareg V8, 4.2 was purchased at a total cost of R662 499, including Extras to the value of R43 440.
R748 255 was wasted on a Mercedes-Benz ML500 for the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ntuli.
R 6 million was spent on was spent on luxury Mercedes-Benz ML 4X4s for traditional kings – (Eastern Cape Provincial Government).
R 845,460 was spent on two Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4’s for members of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Affairs.
R 2,371,305.44 was wasted by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, on the following luxury vehicles:
- Audi Q7 2009 R591422.86
- Audi Q7 2009 R592177.86
- Audi Q7 2009 R593474.86
- Audi Q7 2009 R594229.86
- Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan R1,170,000
- Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan R1,170,000
- Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan R1,170,000
- Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan R1,170,000
- Mercedes-Benz vehicles R2,320,000
The DA will update and supplement the table on an ongoing basis and provide a running total at the bottom.
Current Running total = Approximately R1187 816 305.44