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Public works 'under administration'

2012-02-21 17:19

Johannesburg - The public works department is "technically under administration", Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi told parliament on Tuesday.

"So, technically speaking we are already under administration because we are calling for help from different departments to work with us until we are able to walk on our own," he told the portfolio committee on public works, according to SABC radio news.

Nxesi was briefing parliament on the remedial actions his department was taking, after it received a disclaimer from the auditor general for the 2010/11 financial year.

This is the worst possible audit opinion, and means the AG could not get enough information to form an opinion on the state of the department's finances.

Comments
  • Kevin - 2012-02-21 20:10

    so is this an open and public acknowledgement of incompetence?

  • Owen - 2012-02-21 20:46

    Just how many government / provincial departments are now 'under administration'? We have someone being paid to do someone else's job that is still receiving a salary. But are the administartors competant as there are an awful lot of them now deployed. No doubt they charge by the hour. Zuma your government is not. What I fail to understand is that if I had got an audit this bad I would be fired, so how come any minister who gets an audit like this is still a minister? It is very difficult to respect your fellow countrymen when they just don't measure up. After 17 years in power there is just no way that this is acceptable behaviour as by now the new managers should be able to manage without any help.

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