The DA’s Michael Bagraim had enquired about the total amount spent on catering, entertainment and accommodation for the ministers, deputies and their staff since May 2019.
The department revealed that the total amount spent on accommodation for the period in question was R15,345,562.86.
Of this amount, R3,615,001.95 was spent on the ministers' (Ndabeni-Abrahams' and Ntshavheni's) accommodation, while R1,021,003.90 was paid to house deputy ministers and more than R10m on officials in the department.
For catering, the total amount spent between May 2019 and May this year was R739,000.
Jordan-Dyani said the ministers had spent R158,000 on food, while the deputy minister splurged R91,000 and officials in the department R491,000 filling their stomachs at taxpayers' expense.
The department said not a cent was spent on entertainment, a statement Bagraim said was strange in light of how much had been spent on accommodation and catering.
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