South Africa: Another Former Gauteng Premier Denies Existence of 'Missing' R1.3 Billion


Hot on the heels of a submission by former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the public protector's office on Monday, a second former premier of the province, Paul Mashatile, has denied that the 'missing' R1.3bn meant for the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) ever existed.

Former Gauteng premier and current ANC treasurer-general, Paul Mashatile, on Tuesday 19 November denied accusations that his administration squandered R1.3-billion meant for the improvement of Alexandra, one of South Africa's poorest, most congested and neglected communities. The money was meant to fund the now-controversial Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) which was meant to improve the lives of the people of Alexandra.

Mashatile said the allegations that R1.3-billion was allocated for the ARP during his reign as Human Settlements MEC in the province were untrue, and they incorrectly suggested the project was marred by corruption.

Reiterating the narrative of Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Lebogang Maile, and former premier Mbhazima Shilowa, Mashatile denied there was ever an actual amount of R1.3-billion. He said the ARP had no fixed budget and the amount was based on budgets from various departments of the provincial government.

The provincial Department of Human Settlements, which Mashatile...

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