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Opposition seeks probe into Mandela memorial funds amid graft claims

Published on Jan 25, 2014 10:50 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South Africa's opposition parties on Saturday demanded a probe into how taxpayers' money released for Nelson Mandela's memorial services had been used, after allegations that some of the funds had been misappropriated.

An Eastern Cape provincial paper on Saturday alleged that a senior official of the ruling ANC party had embezzled part of the money released by Buffalo City Metropolitan municipality.

Citing its own research, the newspaper said 5.9 million rand (S$679,208) was paid to a local transport company linked to the ANC official.

The company then transferred some of the money to other firms - some of which had nothing to do with transportation, even though the money was meant to be spent on driving mourners to the anti-apartheid icon's memorial services.

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