Late Councillor’s Family Didn’t Eat Some OF The Food From R600 000 Funeral. The family of a councillor who had a funeral that was supposedly worth R600 000 paid by the City of Tswhane states that they never ate some of the food that were meant to be at the funeral.
The family of a councillor who had a funeral that was supposedly worth R600 000 paid by the City of Tswhane states that they never ate some of the food that were meant to be at the funeral. The City of Tshwane reportedly used R400 000 on the food for the funeral for the slain ANC councillor in September at Winterveldt, Pretoria. Esther Matumane’s relatives claim that the people that attended were not given roast chicken, vegetables, salad and rice.
Philemon Matumane, the brother, told SowetanLive that those who attended the funeral were given pap, gravy and stew. But one of the invoices that were paid for by the City of Tshwane showed that there were 2200 meals that were to be served at the funeral, which had to cost R247 940 plus tax. The meals supposedly included rice, roasted chicken, vegetables, rice, salad and beef stew. Based on the invoices, the catering organisation was given over R300 000 for offering assorted sandwiches, 100% juice, bottled water and soft drinks, among other supplies.
The brother says they don’t know anything about the sandwiches. “There were no sandwiches served to anyone at my sister’s funeral, we know nothing about those sandwiches which the municipality paid for,” says Philemon Matumane. He also argues that there was no sound system at the cemetary, which according to the invoices cost R7000. He says they did not see some of the items that were invoiced. “Clearly, there are people who used our sister’s death and funeral to steal from the municipality.”
An organisation invoiced the City of Tshwane R69 000 for food items that were distributed at the house. The family confirms that there were food items that were brought the day before the funeral, they ranged the cost of the items between R25 000 and R30 000.
by Alexandra Ramaite