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The Gauteng Treasury on Saturday denied reports that taxpayers will have to pay R7.5 million in the next three years to maintain the official residence of Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
“It is incorrect that the province will spend the reported amount on the official residence,” Gauteng Treasury said in a statement.
“What the Gauteng legislature will appropriate for 2013/14 financial year is R120,000.”
Earlier this week Mokonyane's spokesman Thebe Mohatle told Beeld newspaper that the Gauteng government had spent about R25 million, including the purchase price, on the house since it was bought in 2004.
In addition, R1.2 million of taxpayers' money had been spent on new furniture, linen and curtains for the house.
Asked whether Mokonyane felt it was reasonable to expect taxpayers to pay so much on the upkeep of her home, Mohatle said it was a private matter.
Treasury said during 2012, it was estimated that R400,000 was going to be spent on Mokonyane's residence but only R120,000 was allocated for 2013.
It said the estimate of R7 million was erroneously captured in the Estimates of Capital Expenditure book.
“The correct figure for 2015/16 is R500,000 which is an estimate that will still be subjected to the rigorous processes of Treasury before it is appropriated.”
The provincial treasury said corrective measures were currently being implemented in the department to ensure that this did not happen in future. -Sapa