Phumulo Masualle.    Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
Phumulo Masualle. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

The ANC leadership in the Eastern Cape has summoned premier Phumulo Masualle and at least four mayors from two metros‚ a district municipality and a local municipality to answer for the Nelson Mandela funeral funds scandal.

ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi made the announcement on the sidelines of the provincial general council (PGC) on policy, at East London’s city hall on Thursday.

The irregular diversion of funds was investigated by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and the details are in her damning report released on Monday.

The report disclosed‚ among other things‚ that the Eastern Cape provincial government had diverted R300m of taxpayers’ money meant for social infrastructure towards preparations for the world icon’s funeral in December 2013.

Several irregularities ensued in the spending of the money and the report implicated the provincial government headed by Masualle‚ the Xola Pakati-led Buffalo City Metropolitan‚ the OR Tambo district municipality as well as the King Sabata Dalindyebo local municipality.

Ngcukaitobi said Masualle and the four mayors would appear before the ANC provincial executive committee meeting scheduled for Monday.

"That is where we will get the comprehensive response to the Nelson Mandela funeral scandal. Premier Masualle will be part of that meeting so he can give us his perspective‚" said Ngcukaitobi.

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