'EC premier being shielded'

Several politicians were arrested after being implicated in alleged misappropriation of funds.

Eastern Cape's Phumulo Masualle. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape is adamant the province's premier is being shielded from explaining his alleged part in a scandal over former president, Nelson Mandela's funeral and memorial services.

Several politicians, who are now out on bail, were arrested after being implicated in the alleged misappropriation of millions of rands.

The allegations relate to the procurement of service providers for Mandela's memorial services and funeral.

The DA's Athol Trollip has questioned how R250,000 ended allegedly up in the bank account of Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle.

"I have to put my question to the premier, how much money went into his personal bank accounts and what steps will he take after that.

"So they are playing a game of hide and seek, and as the opposition, we believe we have a right to ask questions. Until he answers these, we won't rest."

Trollip said the party is concerned about an aspect to the irregular expenditure.

On Wednesday, the Public Protector's office said it will do everything it can to get to the bottom of the scandal.