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Royals overspend, R10m overdraft listed

Sep 23 2012 15:55 Sapa

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Johannesburg - The irregular spending of millions of rand by King Goodwill Zwelithini's royal household has been detailed in a recent parliamentary report, the Sunday Tribune reported.

According to the newspaper, a financial report on the department responsible for the household's finances found there had been the irregular spending of R6m and the use of an overdraft of R10m.

This despite the fact that the royal household department has an annual budget of R55m.

Auditor General Terence Nombembe who drafted the report which was presented in parliament this week, noted in particular a R600 000 grocery bill and R26 000 spent on livestock vaccinations and food supplements.

He also noted the allegedly fraudulent use of 15 petrol cards.

According to the newspaper, Nombembe said investigations into the grocery bill and livestock-related expenses had been completed.

The groceries had apparently been brought on behalf of the queens.

He said the investigation into the alleged fraudulent use of 15 petrol cards was yet to be finalised.

Stationery and printing for the household cost R500 000.

Earlier this month, the royal household department requested R18m from the provincial legislature.

The Mercury reported at the time that the king had asked for R6m to build a palace for his sixth wife, Queen Zola Mafu. He also wanted R12m to build a new house at Nkonyeni palace.

The king has six queens living in palaces in different parts of Nongoma.

His sixth wife Queen Zola was living with Queen Mntombi Dlamini.

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