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Fri Oct 31 23:22:40 SAST 2014

Xingwana spends R2 million of state funds on designer furniture: report

Sapa | 17 February, 2013 10:32
Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana. File photo.
Image by: Moeketsi Moticoe / © The Times

Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana allegedly splurged R2.1 million of state's funds decorating her department's head office, according to a report.

Nearly half of this amount was spent during two sprees in which Xingwana's office spent close to R500 000 each time, the the Sunday Independent said.

While the department is responsible for purchasing its own furniture, the furniture for the ministry, particularly the minister's office, is bought through the budget of the department of public works, the paper reported.

However, Xingwana's spokesman Cornelius Monama told the paper that there was no furniture when the minister moved into her new office in Pretoria.

"The furniture she used when she was at the Union Buildings was left in the Presidency.

"In her Cape Town office, the minister is still using the previous minister's furniture," Monama told the paper.

Monama admitted that in one case, the department had gotten quotes from only two service providers, instead of the three stipulated according to official regulations.

He said the Xingwana had instituted an investigation relating to this incident of irregularity.

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