Misuse of Mandela funeral funds prompts outcry

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation has reacted with shock and outrage following a damning report by the Public Protector on the misappropriation of funds for former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013.

In the report released on Monday, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwenane found that R300 million of public funds were misdirected and that civil action should be taken to recover the money from various Eastern Cape government agencies.

Some of the funds were meant for the provision of running water, electricity, sanitation, ablution facilities, replacement of mud-schools and refurbishing hospitals.

The foundation’s director of communications, Luzuko Poti says the revelations are saddening amid the 4th anniversary of Madiba’s death.

“There is no other way to react to that except with shock and outrage and as the foundation we find it very sad that on the eve of Madiba’s passing such kinds of details of corruption, of collusion and theft comes out of a report like that. We say the public protector’s report suggests that there are things that should be done to make sure that these kinds of things don’t happen again,” says Poti.

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