Housing splurge for new ministers

2011-08-22 12:22

Cape Town - Houses bought to accommodate ministers and deputy ministers following President Jacob Zuma's 2009 Cabinet reshuffle cost taxpayers more than R180m, according to a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Monday.

The reply, by Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, reveals that her department spent R183,886,837 on a total of 34 houses in Pretoria and Cape Town for ministers and their deputies over the past two years.

"(In) Pretoria, 15 houses were purchased by the department since 2009 to date; in Waterkloof and Moreleta (Pretoria East). The total amount for all purchased properties is R68 195 116.

"(In) Cape Town, 19 houses were purchased by the department since 2009 to date... The total amount for all purchased properties is R115 691 721," she said.

Dividing the total amount spent by the number of houses gives an average price of R5.4m per dwelling.

The parliamentary question, posed by Democratic Alliance MP Erik Marais, asked, among other things, for the "total purchase price in rands of each specified house purchased" for the additional ministers and deputy ministers.

In her reply, Mahlangu-Nkabinde gave totals for only the two cities.


  • gcr - 2011-08-22 12:57

    this expenditure constitutes 912 houses that could have been built at R 200,000 per house - could have made a lot of people happy - but I suppose the principle of feather my own nest first still applies as it affects these plonkers in government. Wonder what the knock on costs would have been in terms of salaries, motor cars, perks and all the other lovely trappings which go with being in government

  • Kevin - 2011-08-22 13:28

    MP's are not senior positions and any old council house will suffice. If we keep buying new houses what is happening to the old ones. I suppose the councilors get them for free when they are fired for corruption or not doing there work.

  • ockert.niekerk - 2011-08-22 14:04

    @ R150 000 per rdp house including bribes and loss of property due to theft they could have given 1220 families homes. Eish...

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-08-22 14:42

    No comment

  • DW - 2011-08-22 15:46

    Why do they need houses to be bought for them? I work in a senior position and have to buy my own home? Surely they live in houses already. Why do they need more? And when there is a cabinet reshuffle do they move out and hand the houses back or do they get to keep them?

      Realist - 2011-08-22 17:16

      @DW, the reason is that you are not on the "gravy train", they are due to the ignorance of the voters

  • zackie - 2011-08-22 16:15

    good to live in luxury while our people are suffering the most these 'minsters' deserve is an rdp house as they do nothing for us

  • Batman - 2011-08-22 17:03

    Ouch! I wonder whether anybody in government felt any shame at hearing this?

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