Officials mum on Mandela funeral probe

TThe public protector’s office says the investigation will be intensive, but wouldn't give timeframes.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will not give timeframes around her probe into the alleged misappropriation of funds relating to former President Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Several high-profile politicians in the Eastern Cape, including Buffalo City Municipality Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and Premier Phumulo Masualle, have been implicated in the debacle.

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

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi says the probe will look into allegations of corruption and the abuse of funds by some politicians.

"The protector will investigate the Buffalo City Municipality, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and OR Tambo."

Ncitha, the deputy and council speaker were arrested in June.

They were later released on R10,000 bail each.

Masibi says the investigation will be intensive, but wouldn't give timeframes.