Parliament has heard that the construction of the High Court in Polokwane has exceeded its initial budget by more than 100%.
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) revealed this during its briefing to the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services. The SIU says the initial budget was R3 billion, but more than R6 billion has been spent. Yet the court buildings are still not finished.
The SIU says only four out of the eight planned courts have been built. The Unit also identified poor workmanship and low quality building materials.
Committee Chairperson Bulelani Magwanishe says this is unacceptable and those responsible must be brought to book.
In the video below, parts of High Court in Polokwane officially opens: