Public Protector confirms more than R200m squandered in Free State asbestos audit

A controversial contract to “audit and assess” houses with asbestos roofs in the Free State was awarded unlawfully and at least one top official involved in the deal is guilty of maladministration and gross negligence, a new Public Protector report has determined. The contract essentially saw more than R200-million being drained from the province’s coffers with no “value for money”, the PP has found.