The DA has today filed a complaint with the Office of the Public Protector to probe Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality after spending over R9.5 million for a new cemetery site in Lebowakgomo, which is a wasteful expenditure as the construction could have cost way less. To compound the matter, the municipality has further requested an additional R1.5 million to finish the project which will see it escalate from R9.5 million to a staggering R11 million.

The money was paid to a contractor to build an administration block, a guard room , the erection of a fence, drilling of a borehole, an ablution block, water tank and a tarred road that leads to the cemetery.

The DA has noted this appalling wasteful expenditure during an oversight visit yesterday as this project is worth way less than R11 million and the municipality could have saved more money for service delivery. See photos herehere and here.

The following is the budget breakdown for the project according to the municipality:

• Fencing: R3.9 million
• 100 square metre administration block: R502 000
• 70 square metre ablution block , Borehole and Tank: R1 million
• 10 square metre guard house: R95 000
• 800 metre Road: R2.4 million

The following is the budget breakdown for the project according to the DA:

• Fencing should have cost the municipality only R1.2 million
• 100 square metre administration block: R150 000
• 70 square metre ablution block , Borehole and Tank: R100 000
• 10 square metre Guard house: R22 500
• 800 metre Road: R350 000

This poverty stricken municipality could have saved more than R8 million on this project but it is clear that all these prices were grossly inflated by a contractor to loot the public coffers instead of accelerating service delivery.

The DA urges the Public Protector to establish investigations on this fruitless and wasteful expenditure and ensure that the public coffers are not looted by the connected few but towards service delivery.

It is time for a Total Change in Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality. Our communities need a competent and caring government that prioritizes service delivery.

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