Public Protector says law will take its course: Mandela funeral

South Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane poses in her office after a press briefing releasing reports on various investigations on June 19, 2017 in Pretoria. Photo: Phill Magakoe / AFP

PRETORIA - The public protector said she's confident the law will take its course against those who tried to profit from Nelson Mandela's death.

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane released her report on allegations that Eastern Cape authorities misappropriated funds.

The report states that some officials and service providers used the funeral to steal from state coffers.

Mkhwebane said R300-million was misspent for the funeral in December 2013.



The money, which was meant for infrastructure development, was illegally diverted towards the memorial service and funeral.

Mkhwebane called on the Special Investigations Unit to investigate.

"If the SIU is going to be investigating the good thing about them is that whilst they are investigating there would be a lot of fraudulent activities criminal activities which they would uncover and they can institute a civil action, so we are hopeful that that money will be recovered", said Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.



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