R106 million Circuit Offices abandoned by Limpopo Education Dept.

Jacques Smalle MPL

DA Spokesperson on Education:

The DA will today file with the Public Protector a complaint against the Limpopo Education Department for abandoning three multimillion rand incomplete circuit offices.

During an oversight visit earlier this month, the DA discovered that the construction of new circuit offices in Mapela (Click here), Bochum District (click here) and Tshipise District offices (click here) have been abandoned by the department since 2012 and are being left to fall into complete disrepair.

In 2011, the department allocated more than R33 million for the construction of Bochum Offices, R45 million for Tshipise and R28 million for Mapela but today they are all unoccupied.

This amounts to R106 million completely wasted by the Limpopo Education Department. These wasted funds could have been put to use in renovating existing schools, providing sanitation and purchasing textbooks. This warrants a thorough investigations by the Public Protector

It is absolutely unacceptable that a government department can build multimillion rand buildings that have no use. It is also clear that their viability was not properly tested before being put out to tender.

The DA urges the Acting Education MEC, Jerry Ndou, and his Department to cooperate with the Public Protector as that office probes this tragic waste of public money.