New reports have emerged where taxpayers will be facing fresh government overspending that could be costlier than Nkandla.
There is a new facility being built for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The facility could cost R1-billion, about eight times more than the R129-million approved for the first phase of the project.
Part of the the project intend to improve the reed-dance venue, contractors also intended replacing “poor soil” in the area with “imported suitable soil”.
Many South Africans rejected the idea but King Zwelithini is insisting the work will go ahead.
According to Gobodo Forensic & Investigative Accounting Reports tabled in parliament this week , prices have been inflated and consultants charged as much as 200% more than the usual industry rates.
The initial cost of the project was put at R225-million in 2014, and a budget of R129-million was approved by the national Department of Arts and Culture.
The Zulu King has been enjoying some generous state funding. His household has been paid about R550-million in the past decade alone. The most recent royal budget revealed that the Royal Household Trust, which falls under the KwaZulu-Natal premier’s office, would receive R58.9-million for the 2017-18 financial year.
The King requested for the project in 2013. It is intended to provide accomodation, bathing facilities and toilets for thousands of women who attend the annual reed-dance ceremony at the king’s palace, Enyokeni.
Report revealed overspending of more than R2.2-million above the approved budget.
When Hinnews media team visited the site this week there was not much to show for the more than R130-million that has already been spent.
The only visible progress is an incomplete VIP area with a planned capacity of 2,000 guests, a new razor-wire perimeter fence and a line of tall concrete walls near the main entrance.
If the construction continues at the current scope and costs, the project would cost R1,040,317,358.