JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is expected to release her report on an investigation in relation with the misuse of funds during Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Government and other organs of the State are being investigated for misappropriate use of funds which were allocated for the memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.
Investigations started in 2014 were the Hawks steeped into the matter and arrested at least 8 suspects for charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.
Amongst the arrested included Buffalo City Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, her deputy and the municipality’s speaker among other senior officials.
It is reported the municipality set R10 million aside to cater for the funeral, but only R4 million was used and it is not clear where the other remainder went.
Mkhwebane will release the report into “misappropriation of public funds, improper conduct and maladministration by the Eastern Cape Provincial Government and other organs of State in connection with the expenditure incurred in preparation for the funeral of the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.”
The report by Mkhwebane is expected to provide a clear distinction on the matter, and how the investigations have panned out so far.