Dutch spend R6.5m on king

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The Dutch gov­ern­ment paid €461 000 (R6.5 mil­lion) to erect a fence around King Willem-Alexan­der’s sea­side villa in south­ern Greece, draw­ing me­dia crit­i­cism and de­mands for an ex­pla­na­tion.

The Dutch monar­chy re­mains pop­u­lar one year af­ter Willem-Alexan­der as­cended the throne af­ter the ab­di­ca­tion of his mother, Queen Beatrix, but crit­ics say it costs too much, es­pe­cially at a time when the coun­try is strug­gling to emerge from a re­ces­sion.

Doc­u­ments were pub­lished show­ing a neigh­bour had re­ceived the money for al­low­ing the Dutch to erect a fence on two strips of land bor­der­ing the prop­erty. The strips of land had a mar­ket value of only about €35 000.

Dutch me­dia jumped on the re­port, with pop­u­lar web por­tals ques­tion­ing the use of tax­pay­ers’ money.

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