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‘Shoddy work’ a shock

MEM­BERS of Par­lia­ment were shocked by shoddy work­man­ship and col­laps­ing in­fra­struc­ture at the mul­ti­mil­lion-rand “cul­tural cen­tre” which is sup­posed to ac­com­mo­date thou­sands of maid­ens who at­tend the an­nual Reed Dance.

The MPS, from the portfolio com­mit­tee on arts and cul­ture, vis­ited the cen­tre be­ing built at King Good­will Zwelithini’s Enyokeni Palace in Non­goma on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the plans, the R600-mil­lion project will con­sist of a mu­seum, a dor­mi­tory res­i­dence for the maid­ens, an am­phithe­atre and a play­ground.

The MPS are now de­mand­ing to know what hap­pened to the R130m that has al­ready been pumped into the project, adding that “out­right cor­rup­tion has taken place”.

The mem­bers said their in­spec­tion re­vealed poor work­man­ship, with in­fra­struc­ture al­ready fall­ing apart with­out hav­ing been used, barely two years af­ter it was built.

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