Public Works' wasted R35bn shocking - Nxesi

Public Works' wasted R35bn shocking - Nxesi

2014-09-29 10:37

Pretoria - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Monday expressed shock at the almost R35bn in irregular expenditure uncovered by the department.

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

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

Read: Public works wasted R35bn in five years

"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.

He said irregular transactions 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.

  • Eugene Fourie - 2014-09-29 10:42

    is that now with or without Zuma's R246m?

      b.agnostic - 2014-09-29 11:01

      New Ferrari California +/- R 4 000 000. You can buy a brand new one of those every single day for 24 years. My mind cannot comprehend the waste of money by the government.

      Paul Kruger - 2014-09-29 11:13

      I think he will include that amount in the catagory wher government 'did recieve value'.

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-09-29 13:01

      The shocker is - going back to 2001 ??? That was happening under Nelson Mandela's watch - right? So where has the Auditor General been all this time ? Sleeping ? The Eastern Cape Provincial Government 'lost' / wasted etc R 80 Billion in 5 years - ever investigated ??? I bet the Swiss banks and Cayman Island banks etc are happy to cater to the 'needs' of ANC officials who have has free access to State money!

  • Dave Smith - 2014-09-29 10:44

    A LOOT CONTINUA just like Hyenas from lion King the ANC and their comrades THUGS will take everything I meannn everythinnng!

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2014-09-29 10:47

    Shocked? He should be fired, he is ultimately responsible for this, that is why he is the Minister and earns the big bucks, with the position and money comes responsibility, it's how it works in the real world.

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-09-29 11:16

      He started at the end of the year 2011 Sanet. But still, almost R4 billion disappeared under his watch

      WG Morgan - 2014-09-29 11:25

      With every "Right" comes a matching "Responsibility"! Please tell the ANC.

      Rocky Bell - 2014-09-29 12:17

      DROLL !!

  • Michel Konings - 2014-09-29 10:52

    Lack of proper management

      Lloyd Patel - 2014-09-29 11:02

      Lack of morals

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-09-29 10:55

    Just shocking!!!!

  • Mputumi Sikova - 2014-09-29 10:57

    Unqualified staff fraude corruption.

  • Riëtte Nöthling - 2014-09-29 10:57

    I don't understand how he can be shocked, this means that he doesn't know what is going on in his department, which comes to bad leadership... No surprise here, just another day in the ANC government.

  • Reinard Rautenbach - 2014-09-29 11:00

    Perhaps the large deals signed with M&T(Chinese owned)and government institutions in Eco-Park are finally being felt by government whilst many government owned buildings in Pretoria remain vacant?

  • Steven Healey - 2014-09-29 11:02

    Just a smoke screen !!!! he is not shocked !!! he knows !!! because he is involved along with his president . H e should be fired !!! criminally charged and all monies that went missing before his time the previous ministers must be held accountable.

  • Francesco Aglioti - 2014-09-29 11:05

    haw eish a shock is it becos u neva took enough eish don't warrie get some while u can

  • Steven Swart - 2014-09-29 11:08

    What is so shocking about this? It's just business as usual. Commend that department and give everyone a raise and bonus.

  • Mputumi Sikova - 2014-09-29 11:08

    Unqualified staff fraude corruption.

  • Chris Dingley - 2014-09-29 11:09

    lol... when does it end..?

      David Broadfoot - 2014-09-29 11:22

      Chris , definitely nothing to lol about. These B.......ds are screwing S.A. left right + center. And NOTHING is being done about it. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ria Cook - 2014-09-29 11:10

    Shocked? We are not!

  • June Francis - 2014-09-29 11:11

    34.9 billion - How many hospitals , schools, clinics, roads, bridges, could that have built.

  • Mputumi Sikova - 2014-09-29 11:11

    Unqualified staff fraude corruption.

  • Bento Maepa - 2014-09-29 11:13

    No news at all. We said it before elections that Public Works was a popular conduit for illicit funds, by cadres, out of Treasury. Irregular documentation, he talks about, is not really irregular it was deliberate - to throw would-be investigators of track.

  • June Francis - 2014-09-29 11:16

    Let them ask us to pay for the nuclear reactors that been ordered in Russia ? We won't pay ever. How can they waste money like this? Do they not see how our poor struggle. The worst is why do you vote for this rubbish.

  • Steven Swart - 2014-09-29 11:16

    The biggest sin this government has committed was to rob it's own people of a great future. They will be remembered for this.

  • Rodlin Mvelase - 2014-09-29 11:17

    Where is the Public Protector, to protect the nation from the unscrupulous capitalist fraudsters doing business with government. This money not taken by politicians but some corporates that are filthy rich due to stealing from state and taxpayer. Public Protector this is your litmus test, show your credibility and stop being used by politicians to achieve their political agendas. INVESTIGATE THIS, which companies are involved who benefitted what and what work or service was rendered, was there justification and what is the remedial action etc.

      JMaree - 2014-09-29 12:04

      @Rodlin, Patrick said its the anc, not black people, anti anc doesn't mean anti black, it means ANTI ANC!

      Rodlin Mvelase - 2014-09-29 12:19

      Isn't that clever answer, the guys in government or heading it most are no longer there. Look also at the descnding order of the monies from 2009, all this according to you means anc is stealing! ANC is majority black party and hiding behind the word anc when the intent is on blacks is by warped and sick minds

      Watkykj - 2014-09-29 12:24

      So now the truth comes out. All you mamparas think cause people with anti ANC notions are racist hahahaha don't make me laugh! Do you see us complaining about any other black parties???! No cause they not corrupt unlike that ANC filth who take EVERY (black,white,purple,pink, yellow,orange, red etc) citizen for a ride stealing tax money and not even having the decency to try and hide it properly anymore. That's why people rag the ANC. Get a grip and take that massive chip off your shoulder.

      Bernd Kankowski - 2014-09-29 12:47

      Hey Rodin, ate you being sarcastic or merely reaffirming the fact that you are totally clueless or just point blank stupid. This is ANC policy to rape the constitution, to rape the judicial system, to rape the taxpayers coffers. A corporate company should not get an over inflated contract if the process is done correctly. It starts with the government departments who have very few properly qualified people in their respective fields that they are employed in. If they were experts in their fields they would be able to question the values. The contracts are never tendered on by many corporates and in many cases to BEE companies. If these ministers had any qualifications or experience in the respective fields they would easily ascertain whether the prices had been inflated. The departments are in cahoots and milking this country for their own pockets. These departments approve contracts and sign off on payments. They never ask questions. Investigate these officials and you will see assets they have built up in a very short time. This government is corrupt big time. Once again you want to blame someone else.

      Rodlin Mvelase - 2014-09-29 12:59

      Let that be in the open not this finger pointing. For what I know there are many corporates who have fronted and got government tenders then disappeared into thin air without a trace. Let all this be investigated and the truth established. A lot of comments are at best just speculation without substance and also bases on hatred.

      Bernd Kankowski - 2014-09-29 13:00

      And now you bring the race card into it again. Nobody said black, but ANC. You guys are selective when it comes to colour. When one argues in parliament the ANC says we are the majority so we decide. Then it is fine if one talks about black majority. When one says the majority HIV pos people in this country are black, then you don't want use that comparison. Largest number of criminals in jail are black, but you don't want to hear it. You got to take the rough with the smooth. So yes, the ANC government is corrupt, which also means the black ANC government is corrupt. The common denominator is black. So accept it! Ridiculous argument? I agree. And so is your argument to always become defensive when the public rightfully criticizes the corrupt black ANC government

      Bernd Kankowski - 2014-09-29 13:20

      Just because you are corrupt don't paint everyone with that brush. It happens to be Zuma and his government. It hurts when it's your number 1 neh.

      Rodlin Mvelase - 2014-09-29 13:27

      I wouldn't be surprised if people working for you or are your surbodinates are shack dwellers, judging from your angle of argument. If so it is a sign you are corrupt to the core.

  • Sakhile Goodman Sokhela - 2014-09-29 11:18

    Corruption, Maladministration, Fraud, ANC,EFF,DA,FF+ Malema,Zuma,Maimane,Opposition parties Nkandla,Eiffel Towers, Foreigners, Islam, Open mosque, Christianity, Petrol, murder, Racism, Black and white and Asian and Europens, incompetency, Cadres, National Assembly Water and Electricity, bills, Gays, Lesbians, Money laundering Allegations, Middle East, China, USA Western Europe, War, Power, science Cheating, Polygamy,Voting, Voters Jailtime Courts Marches, Israel, Food poisoning Schools,Universities Tuition fees hike, Rape, Manslaughter Coaches Scandal after Scandal and So on and So on and then this what more is on the news when have you ever head of the world is at peace everything is fine? Never.

  • sylvester.motubane - 2014-09-29 11:22

    Conduct life style audit to entire staff of the department Mr Minister u will see where money went..

  • Jennifer Henning - 2014-09-29 11:24

    ...not shocked at all

  • Eric Wiese - 2014-09-29 11:25

    Should be renamed Public Waste Department

  • Ceba Mlandu - 2014-09-29 11:25

    Does this include Nkandla?

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-09-29 11:25

    Its your own party that has looted the funds . Its laughable how anyone can support zanc , let alone be a member. Halfwits to the end.

  • Charles Chivalry - 2014-09-29 11:26

    Thanx to the anc and those who keep voting for it. they must be very happy to see things like these

  • David Broadfoot - 2014-09-29 11:29

    Chris, nothing to lol about. These Ba.........ds are screwing S.A. Left. Right. + Center. And NOTHING Is being done about it .FFS.

  • Mduduzi Ngwenya - 2014-09-29 11:29

    eye watering number but I,m not shocked not even by a long shot. the question is since this is found at the public works department. imagine all the departments combined.then maybe I ll be shocked. i'm estimating half a trillion

  • Bonny Daniel - 2014-09-29 11:30

    they have learned from other lawless,corrupt african government,Give me reason why southafrican economy will not be completely history and mess by 2020 with also continue rise of rand to dollar everyday

  • Sean Lock - 2014-09-29 11:33

    Nxesi you so WRONG. Our government is so honest and all about the people they really worry about the ordinary person. They would never steal or do any kind or fraud. You better appoint a committee to apoint a committee to apoint a committee to looks into this. Every south african has so much faith in this government. LOL !!!

  • Gavin Venter - 2014-09-29 11:38

    Anc and money is like a drug addict guarding the drugs...

  • Eric Blignaut - 2014-09-29 11:41

    Another not so good story brought to you by the cANCer!

  • Chris Bester - 2014-09-29 11:46

    This cANcer is not fit to manage!!

  • Peter Woods - 2014-09-29 11:46

    Rica and Fica...!!!!!!! Hellooo,government has access to all bank accounts and cell phones,now is the time to do some digging!

  • Maureen Deacon - 2014-09-29 11:52

    Surprised ??? The fish rots from the head !!!

  • Leonard Tsolo - 2014-09-29 11:53

    Shiiiii! everybody shut-up.I am going to squabble these tax payers money,if one dares to complain, then I will tell everybody that the opposition is all out to get My ZANC.

  • Andrew Mackie - 2014-09-29 11:55

    Is Nxesi not the responsible minister for public works and only now expresses shock !! So will he please tell us the taxpayers what has he been doing since his appointment other than riding on the gravy train. He should be fired for derelection of his duties and allowing for such wasteful spending. No small wonder the fiscus is in such a patlous state with idiots like this in goverment.

  • Jacques Shepperson - 2014-09-29 11:59

    and nothing happens....

  • Mduduzi Ngwenya - 2014-09-29 12:04

    a nyaope addict voted to guard anything metal is best way to describe ANC.

  • cuan.wood - 2014-09-29 12:10

    The African Way!

  • Stafford Samuel-Bear Lakay - 2014-09-29 12:13

    Shock is what one reserves for your personal accounts... this waste is more deserving of a good spasm of vomitting...

  • Joe Maritz - 2014-09-29 12:14

    And nobody is found accountable ?? Expensive gravy train this one ..

  • mmmmTim - 2014-09-29 12:16

    He is shocked, but is he not the responsible KFC pollution? Does he not take the blame, or the auditors, or the top management, or is it no-ones fault like always??? Who is going to jail this time??? No-one!!

  • William Steven Pearson - 2014-09-29 12:17

    I was just got chill not shocked initially, but I just got chills running down my spine when I saw the the comment 18million a day.

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2014-09-29 12:34

    All caused by a low flying plane!

      Tracy Mammba - 2014-09-29 13:14

      wat a nonsense.

  • Ravin Govinden - 2014-09-29 12:58

    If you want the money that I owe for E-toll you can claim it from the Public Works Department.

  • Shaun Geldenhuys - 2014-09-29 13:13

    I just hope this gravy train derails very soon!!! THIEFS

  • louise.barlow.792 - 2014-09-29 13:15

    Just absolutely shocking how the tax payers in SA are ripped off.

  • Steven Swart - 2014-09-29 15:28

    Can somebody tally up how much money was stolen , misspent and wasted by this regime since 1994? Maybe we do not want to know that answer.

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