Nxesi names and shames corrupt officials
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Nxesi names and shames corrupt officials

2014-09-29 12:57

Pretoria - The extent of irregular expenditure in the public works department will be laid bare and legal processes will be pursued, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Monday.

"I am doing this because I believe to promote good governance you need to be transparent and accountable. That transparency will help expose any irregularities," he told reporters in Pretoria.

"Accountability for all of us is the culture I am trying to inculcate at public works. That is my philosophy. We have always been in the public eye about scandals, but we are turning that around now."

Nxesi said efforts to improve the department had unearthed irregular expenditure running into billions of rands.

Read: Public works wasted R35bn in five years

"The public works turnaround has uncovered R34.9bn irregular expenditure, some of which goes back as far as 2001," he said.

Of this total, R1.1bn was suspected to have been lost to fraud and corruption.

"The value of irregular expenditure that is reported in the annual financial statements of both the [department's] main vote and the PMTE [property management trading entity] has increased substantially to a combined figure of R34.9bn. In a word, [it is] shocking," said Nxesi.

Read: Public Works' wasted R35bn shocking - Nxesi

Some public works employees were sacked while investigations and criminal cases were being pursued.

"In this financial year, about 15 cases are being investigated including the Nkandla investigation by the SIU (Special Investigating Unit)."

Some of the employees allegedly involved had since left the department. He listed several cases including employees and property moguls.

"An official at the Pretoria regional office, Keneilwe Matlodi, is facing criminal charges in the commercial crimes court after allegedly soliciting R600 000 from a service provider," said Nxesi.

"The department laid criminal charges against Roux Shabangu and [Japie] van Niekerk for allegedly benefiting in a fraudulent lease."

Taking action

He said the department had laid criminal charges against former official Noyoliso Ntwana, who was found guilty in a disciplinary hearing in connection with R63m spent on the renovation of ministerial houses in Pretoria.

Criminal charges had been laid against the department's former director of property management Vusi Mashiyane and former deputy director Bella Tlolane.

Civil matters, some involving Shabangu and Van Niekerk, were being pursued.

Nxesi said of 23 companies being investigated for procurement irregularities, 15 related to security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, homestead.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela earlier this year found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from the upgrades.

Security upgrades

Public spending on the security upgrades turned into one of the major controversies of the Zuma presidency, as costs escalated to R246m. It emerged the project included a swimming pool (called a "firepool" by the government), an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal, and a chicken run, among others.

Madonsela recommended Zuma repay that part of the money not spent on security.

On Monday, Nxesi said the irregular transactions in the department did not necessarily mean fraud had been committed.

"The department may have obtained value through such transactions although some technical discrepancies occurred during the procurement or payment process."

He said the irregular expenditure was caused by incomplete documentation, incorrect approval of transactions, non-competitive bidding processes, incorrect calculations, and emergency procurement for non-emergency situations.

The matter was uncovered during the department's review of all transactions dating back to 2009/10.

Nxesi said he would table his department's annual report in Parliament on Tuesday.

Comments
  • Deon K. Alexander - 2014-09-29 13:01

    They Are Hooked...

      Japie JJ du Toit - 2014-09-29 13:30

      then call jz and ask him to pay back the money, and go to jail.

      Godfrey Welman - 2014-09-29 16:35

      So why was this not reflected in the "inter ministerial task teams' report. the report that gave a swimming pool, a security definition called 'firepool'.

      Revelgen - 2014-09-29 17:18

      Ja, Godfrey, can anyone actually believe that people will be fooled by the useless, corrupt ANC calling an obvious swimming pool a 'firepool???. If so, where is the pumping system to direct water to all the houses? Or are just buckets provided? Or not? Truly, the ANC is delusional in its lies, and is robbing the poor daily. The poor, who voted these thieves back into power, need to catch a serious wake-up.

  • Mark Neil Wade - 2014-09-29 13:03

    im sure Jacob wont make the top ten list of corrupt thugs ... after all our dear leader is honest and noble

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2014-10-06 12:41

      Zuma and his corrupt cronies have no conscience so they don't care if you name them. And their follower are either totally stupid or corrupt themselves, so they will still blindly support their leaders regardless of what crimes they commit. Fact is that the majority of South African's condone theft, fraud, rape, neglect, mismanagement ...

  • Chris May - 2014-09-29 13:03

    ooh, scapegoats and smokescreens. Fear not, the rain is on its way.

  • Andre Gomes - 2014-09-29 13:04

    I was hoping to see Zumatijes name here when I read the headline... i guess Christmas didn't come early after all... ;(

  • Hennie Cloete - 2014-09-29 13:06

    Just appyships for higher office.

  • Gavin Venter - 2014-09-29 13:06

    Good luck dude, that's gonna be one loooooong list.... If it was based on amount zuma would be number 1 - pun intended

  • Justin Pretorius - 2014-09-29 13:10

    Money is an opiate for this regime

  • Rowena Ditshego - 2014-09-29 13:11

    i knew it......... The skeletons are crawling out of the closet now..........

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-09-29 13:16

    Whahhhh - mag 'n mens op d forum se jy lag j gat af?

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2014-09-29 13:39

      You may indeed, you just did

  • Perold Pieter Kotze - 2014-09-29 13:16

    "Some public works employees were sacked while investigations and criminal cases were being pursued." And the money they stole? Mmmm, thought so.

  • Bruce Kidwell - 2014-09-29 13:17

    Well done Sir, but now lets see who actually goes to jail!!!!

  • Robin Burgess - 2014-09-29 13:17

    shame on you ANC 20 years of freedom to steal.

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-09-29 13:18

    Accountability for all of us is the culture I am trying to inculcate at public works. That is my philosophy. We have always been in the public eye about scandals, but we are turning that around now." - IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE!! HOW CAN YOU CHANGE A DEPARTMENT IF THE HEAD OF STATE HIMSELF IS A CROOK!!!

  • Charles A. - 2014-09-29 13:20

    Are we to understand from this, that the office of the Auditor general has not managed to put a stop to this wholesale theft of taxpayers money since 2001 an more importantly what is the purpose of annual audits?

      Mike Immelman - 2014-09-29 19:13

      Even the Public Protector hasn't succeded.

  • Miles Lancmore - 2014-09-29 13:20

    Employees are just trying to follow their president's example.

  • Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-09-29 13:21

    Go for it Nxesi, but you won't be around for long my bro.

  • Moraba Mokwetli - 2014-09-29 13:22

    Simple step is to confisticate all their assets and recoup the money. Dont take them to jail as tax-payers money will be wasted feeding them

  • Martin Mngomezulu - 2014-09-29 13:25

    Well done bra Thulas, now I know there are those who'll not appreciate what u did but still critisise at some point... Whom are they working for?

      Martin Mngomezulu - 2014-09-29 13:43

      Fact is.. He named them, meaning there's nothing hidden, he is brave!

  • Carol Mbatha - 2014-09-29 13:26

    this is just onother coverup

  • Biker_SA - 2014-09-29 13:28

    why fire them they should all be locked up

  • Scotty English - 2014-09-29 13:32

    They will get a new job with government next week. Thats how they roll.

  • Msizi Nkosi - 2014-09-29 13:34

    Was this Nxesi buffoon not implicated in the Nkandlagate incident , nerve of him to name & shame when he also has charges against him

      Mike Turner - 2014-09-29 14:10

      Correct: he was the FIRST one to deny, deny, deny.....so whatever he now says we take with a sack of salt !

  • James jonas - 2014-09-29 13:46

    I so wish that all the departments can expose this criminals. we sick and tired of this corrupt officials.

  • Mzwanele Silinga - 2014-09-29 13:51

    Is that all no jail term ?

  • Michael Freeman - 2014-09-29 13:55

    Where is Zuma's name

  • Tamarin Blackmur - 2014-09-29 13:57

    This has happened far to late and seems to be a continuous blame game. This would not be tolerated in any other government but yet SA does not take a stand. Nxesi should be on the list as well and suspended. Shame on you SA Government for spending tax payers hard earned money on swimming pools and a fire pit etc. im sure there are small hard working people who have been sacked for far less fraud charges so why are you any different. I have to laugh at Nxesi stating that "irregular transactions in the department did not necessarily mean fraud had been committed" which to me sounds like a cover up looming.

  • David Clive Horne - 2014-09-29 14:00

    not one of these CROOKS(ANC) WILL BE PROSECUTED -GUARENTEED!!!ALL LINKED TO CORRUPT NO 1 AND HIS CRIMINAL GANG...

  • Xolisani Dyosiba - 2014-09-29 14:00

    Atleast Nxesi is doing something guys, one step at a time. Good work

  • Grant Leibbrandt - 2014-09-29 14:02

    Zuma, Tina JP, etc etc

  • sylvester.motubane - 2014-09-29 14:02

    I think Ministers should be supported or encouraged when doing the right thing, Thulas has taken a positive initiative which is a good move from him.. well done Minister.

  • Deon Louw - 2014-09-29 14:14

    The Buck stops with Number 1, he should go.

  • Adie Masana - 2014-09-29 14:31

    If they catch all the corrupt officials there be any ANC ministers left in parliment. Even if they just a R1 they must be charged and locked up.

  • Mputumi Sikova - 2014-09-29 14:41

    You promote a clean government what do you know about that plz don't lie. Useless ministers. mxm

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-09-29 14:55

    Yeah right, pull the other leg its got bells on it. I doubt very much that the correct people will be named and shamed. it will be innocents that will be brought to Scapegotia. Isn't that always the case?

  • Umbono Wami - 2014-09-29 15:14

    I don't get the ANC: everyone else in the organisation is subject to being called to account for their wrongdoing, but never number 1. That is utter nonsense! The day Zuma takes responsibility for all his squandering of public funds & corruption, is the day I will respect the ANC. I can't bring myself to be a supporter...the thought thereof, gives me nausia.

  • Henno - 2014-09-29 15:29

    #paybackthemoney ...

  • Sass Kloppers - 2014-09-29 15:48

    it's my bet that if you take a long, hard look at Nxesi's history you will find corruption as well. So what is the point?

  • Sphesihle Nzimande - 2014-09-29 16:11

    Is Nxesi the same guy who approved Nkandla spending nd is still defending Zuma? If the answer is yes, then he can't b trusted 'it just scape goats tactics'

  • Charles A. - 2014-09-29 16:36

    SARS expects of me to render returns by a given date whether it be VAT, UIF, PAYE, SITE, Company returns or personal income tax returns. Failure to do so causes me to become a delinquent taxpayer subjected to scrutiny and penalties and interest. What incentive is there for me and many others to remain compliant given the wholesale mismanagement of our taxes?

  • Johannes Arendse - 2014-09-29 16:52

    How is it possible that he can recognise skelms in his Department, but is unable to identify Zuma (Nkandla) anreven protects him???

  • drik.hoskin - 2014-09-29 17:04

    Will believe it when we see it, ou grote

  • coswecanfly - 2014-09-29 17:08

    As "manager" of this department shouldn't you be axed for dereliction of duty? No sense of responsibility in our beautiful country. These idiots arw busy running it into the ground.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-09-29 17:08

    Lol The small fish in the pond ruled by the actual sharks like nr 1 *cough cough*

  • Peter Bolze - 2014-09-29 17:47

    Start with ZOOMER. Get him to pay the money back and send him to jail

  • Angling Sa - 2014-09-29 18:28

    When are you going to deal with KZN MEC.

  • FanieBrink5 - 2014-09-29 18:40

    Hulle moet die geld terug betaal en goed gebliksem word!!!!!

  • Mike Immelman - 2014-09-29 19:16

    Those who have taken an "Oath of Office" must be charged with treason.

  • Jack Thomas - 2014-09-29 19:22

    Name and Shame is not good enough!!! replacement is the only answer! how can a thief keep his job with just a slap on the wrist? a criminal record should be implimented.

  • Clement Raymond Moropodi - 2014-09-29 20:13

    Is he starting with himself?

  • David Mabu - 2014-09-29 20:44

    Like really Nxesi? u must be on cheap drugs

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