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PRETORIA - It took a trip to the Gauteng Province in South Africa for contractor and businessman Bheki Mabuza to finally convince the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that he was good at what he does.

This is after the PAC was left extremely pleased when it visited one of the State houses in Pretoria at Savannah Country Estate, which was constructed by Mabuza’s company Multi-Build. The state-of-the-art building cost government around E2.4 million and is currently occupied by the Third Secretary from the Swazi High Commission in Pretoria.

What prompted the PAC’s visit to the neighbouring country and to inspect the site was that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation had given two versions of what had happened to the house at the estate.
Last year, the PAC was told that the ministry had failed to utilise some of the E4m which had been budgeted for the purchasing of four staff houses in South Africa.

It had submitted that it had only managed to purchase two houses, one of which was in the Savannah Country Estate.
They said the house comprised of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, one study, one spacious kitchen, living area, dining room, double garage, nanny house and a swimming pool.

However, in May 2017 the committee was informed that no house had been purchased, but only a piece of land with a slab and a new house constructed. This, therefore, prompted the MP Thuli Dladla-led committee to conduct an inspection in loco.
Before the delegation went to inspect the Savannah residence, Mabuza first briefed them at the embassy in the presence of High Commissioner Dumisile Sukati of what had happened.

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