At least 43 South African ministers have arrears in their rental payments for the state-subsidised houses, Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille advised.
The shocking figures which include both the working and former officials were revealed in response to the parliamentary question raised by DA’s Samantha Graham.
Each of the politicians listed — with several exceptions — owes the state a sum between R64, 272.37 and R144, 165.92 while the total debt is estimated at R1.3 million.
“Letters for payment arrangements, with statements, were sent to them. Some have instituted stop order payment and we are following up on others,” de Lille noted.
The cases will be further sent to the state attorney for debt collection if the arrears are not paid.
De Lille also added the state had forked out about R750 million over the fourth and fifth Parliament (between 2009 and 2019) to house MPs at the three parliamentary villages in Cape Town.