Public Works looks to Gordhan for help

2011-10-04 12:18

Cape Town - Embattled Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde is to approach Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan about her department's property management trading entity (PMTE), which has been heavily criticised by the auditor general.

"As a matter of urgency, the PMTE needs to be reviewed and I will be discussing it with the minister of finance," Mahlangu-Nkabinde said in a statement issued late on Monday - the day that the department of public works' annual report was tabled in parliament.

In the report the auditor general said there was insufficient audit evidence of the completeness, existence, rights valuations and allocation of properties recorded in the immovable asset register stated at R3.498bn.

The auditor general also found other evidence of irregular and wasteful expenditure, which caused him to issue a "disclaimer" of the department's financial statements - the worst possible rating he could bestow.

In her statement, Mahlangu-Nkabinde stressed her deep concern and said she had anticipated the disclaimer and that the report made for troubling reading.

"There is a clear record of financial mismanagement running into hundreds of millions of rand," she said. "All I can promise South Africa is that we will sort this mess out and turn the department around. That is my job and I will fulfil it."

She said that the situation was salvageable and that the majority of people in the department were honest, hard-working and ashamed of their corrupt colleagues.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde said it was particularly troubling that the auditor general was so critical of the PMTE.

"This organisation was set up so that government could get better control of its property portfolio, but the AG's report shows that this intention has not been properly implemented and the PMTE is not fully functional," she said.


  • toxicated - 2011-10-04 12:39

    gwen mahlangu nkabinde should ask for advice to nkosazane dlamini zuma

  • DeltaBravo - 2011-10-04 12:50

    Your job is not to clean the mess up. Your job was to run your department efficiently so that this didn't happen in the first place. You are quite clearly incompetent and have absolutely no control over your department, so step aside for someone who can do the job properly. You are yet another shining example of SA's propensity to appoint completely useless and shameless idiots to public office.

  • IC1 - 2011-10-04 12:53

    I get how a lot of people cant balance their own cheque accounts, but how in heavens name do you "mis-place" R2,1Billion, and have no way for accounting for it. Gwen dont try muddy the waters with Ghordan, you KNOW where that money is, take whats has to come your way gracefully if at all possible.

  • HONKY101 - 2011-10-04 13:01

    How about you look for another job babe !!

      Not Black - 2011-10-04 14:26

      More a Water Buffalo than a Babe, i'd say. I REST MY CASE

  • $Sign - 2011-10-04 13:05

    A good start would be resigning for being incompetant!

  • DeltaBravo - 2011-10-04 13:12

    I see news24 have removed my original comment - obviously I mistakenly got things the wrong way around and mistakenly assumed entitlement to an opinion, so let me correct the matter by reverse my comments. Dear esteemed Minister. You are absolutely correct when you say that it is your job to clean up this mess. How dare people assume that you should have ensured it didn't happen in the first place. I for one, am surprised that we didn't achieve this much sooner under your astute leadership. We are truly blessed to be served by one who is so obviously competent and I hope you will not follow standard protocol in making a token gesture to find out what really happened, rather following the more courageous route of sweeping under the carpet any buck that you cannot pass on.

  • Paul - 2011-10-04 13:15

    How long has she been minister of this department? How long can she pretend that it is someone else's fault? Resign woman! You did not do your work and now that the spotlight is on you, it is too late to start saying you will do something about it.

  • Not Black - 2011-10-04 13:28

    I suggest the MINISTER resigns and enrols for a University Degree than creating all these facades and smokescreens to cover up her incompetencies. But then again ALLMOST all the Cabinet Ministers do so. Which one was ever appointed on their MERITS or EDUCATION ABILITY? Wake up SA, Go and see how a country needs to be run competently. Go see Singapore or Scandinavia or even the SAR of Hong Kong. I REST MY CASE

  • mike881 - 2011-10-04 14:02

    Just an idea - get rid of Gwen mahlangu-nkabinde and replace her with Pravin Gordhan. However for this to work Pravin Gordhan must be: 1. Allowed to run the Public Works Dept without political interference. 2. Allowed to clean out the dept of all nepotism apointees.

  • g t - 2011-10-04 14:25

    "That is my job and I will fulfil it." What tripe! She dragged her department into the mire. She should be sacked!

  • Runnin Bare - 2011-10-04 15:20

    The tax payer pays again for missing funds while some are living in unimaginable luxury through fraud and corruption....oops, sorry misappropriation, mismanaged, misallocated mis-spent, misplaced, what ever and JZ and his cronies will give them a tap on the wrist and golden hand shake as they exit the revolving door.

  • eh - 2011-10-04 16:46

    This makes a great case for nationalisation.... If the government can be so effective managing their own building, imaging how great they will be at running mines..... Julius for President.... or not

  • Bullhunter - 2011-10-04 17:55

    Anarchy,Nepotism and Corruption like a cANCer grows....... Gordhan is a pharmacist.It's a gang of professionals who should but who never will be appointed to senior government positions who do the actual the work.

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