KZN Premier Denies Spending 50 Million Rand On Mampintsha's Funeral

It appears it was all lies after all

By  | Jan 05, 2023, 11:28 AM  | Mampintsha  | Drama

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More drama unfolds days after the late Mandla 'Mampintsha' Maphumulo was laid to rest. As the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has to answer for the alleged 50 million rand expenditure towards Mampintsha's funeral, last week.

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Shortly after Mampintsha's passing, it was announced that he was going to be honored by a provincial funeral. Already scores of people were up in arms as they felt though tax payers money were being abused. The word on the streets is KwaZulu-Natal government fit the bill for exactly 50 million rand.

"KZN government has spent R50 million on Mampintsha's funeral and spend R8 million on Shembe's church. South Africa is very rich" wrote James Nkosi
Once the news were making rounds on social media. KwaZulu-Natal premier Nomusa Dube Ncube has come forth to refute these claims. Dube-Ncube denies her officer ever spending such an exorbitant amount of money towards Mampintsha's funeral.

Taking to SABC, Dube-Ncube mentioned how the money was distributed by different department offices including her office which contributed an amount of R170 000.

"There is no person in his sane mind that would have a funeral of that amount, not even half, not even quarter of that amount. To say the least, government came in to support the family because we knew that the amount of people that were going to attend the funeral were going to be more than what the family can afford. But also we support artists all the time whether it's funeral or any other programs that we have" said Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Dube-Ncube continued to mention that Mampintsha was no exception as they always work with artists from the province in different programs. Dube-Ncube rubbished the 50 million rand claims by stating that even the department of arts and culture contributed an amount of R50 000.

"We involve artists, we work with them and Mampintsha was one of those artists. Mampintsha was one of those artists that was working with the government as well in different programs. As government we only contributed R170 000 as the office of the premier, as well as R50 000 from the department of arts and culture" added Nomusa Dube-Ncube

In closing, Dube-Ncube highlighted that there are documents to support her claims that suggests how much money was contributed and how those monies were sent. She also urged people not to allow these claims to spoil Mampintsha's farewell, as the whole country still mourns his passing.

"And we have invoices, we have documents to prove that and we can also give a breakdown on where that particular amount was spent. So, really we want to send that message to say let's not allow people to spoil who wants to spoil the good farewell that was given to our artist" said Nomusa Dube-Ncube
Read more: [WATCH] Mampintsha's Funeral Underway

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