South Africans havenâ€™t yetÂ gotten over President Jacob Zumaâ€™s personal fire pool and now itâ€™s emerged that R8-million in public funds has been used to renovate the official residence of theÂ Free State premier Ace Magashule.
According to the Mail & Guardian, the hefty price tag includedÂ largely aestheticÂ renovations like landscaping, a new fence and a new pool house â€“ complete withÂ entertainment facilities, a committee room, a dining room, lounge, kitchen and a bathroom. Or as us plebs refer to it â€“ a whole other house.
Magashule, who has courted controversy with Free State cabinet elections and reshuffles as well as a slew of communications deals withÂ the Letlaka Group, apparently needed theÂ renovationsÂ to the swimming poolÂ for some very serious reasons.
â€œThe pool was large and unnecessarily deep, which meant it hardly heated up in the summer and was difficult for the premier to use as he has small children,â€ said Sam Mashinini, the MEC for public works.
IÂ think we can safely assumeÂ that the renovations went swimmingly.