De Lille: Government must find ways to make state funerals less costly

Written by on 21 August, 2020

Minister of public works and infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, wants government to act fast in finding a more fair and transparent process for state funerals.

This after an auditing firm probe revealed that government spent over R76 million on a number of state funerals since 2018.

Her department’s director-general, Sam Vukela, has been suspended for the unlawful awarding of state funeral tenders as a result.

These include the funeral of late ANC stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, late former minister, Zola Skweyiya, and ambassador Billy Msasetla among others.

De lille says the government must find other ways to make state funerals less costly.

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