SA Public Works Department’s annual audit report uncovers serious irregularities

Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu Nkabinde

Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu Nkabinde

Public Works Minister, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde’s department audit report uncovers worst results ever.

Auditor general, Terence Nombembe said to have found a number of irregularities including an irregular expenditure amounting to R16.5 million. In addition to this, no verification has been provided by the department for material losses of R54.8 million in a public-private partnership for vehicle leases.

Nombembe has also told that another error indicated is an inability to obtain evidence of R1.3 billion in capital transactions. Questions regarding the immovable assets of the department have also raised, which is the custodian of most of the government’s property portfolio.

“I was unable to obtain sufficient and appropriate audit evidence to satisfy myself as to the completeness, existence, rights, valuation and allocation of properties recorded in the immovable asset register of the department stated at R3.4 billion,” Nombembe said, according to a report in Business Day newspaper.

As a reply to all these, Mahlangu-Nkabinde has said that the situation is “salvageable”. She has also stated, “Progress towards financial stability and good corporate governance is under way”.

As the current year has begun, according to the facts mentioned in two separate reports, Mahlangu-Nkabinde and national police commissioner Bheki Cele were held responsible for a maladministration regarding R500-million and R1.1-billion lease agreement with businessman Roux Shabangu for police office space in Pretoria and Durban. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the leases were concluded in an unlawful and improper way. And now, the annual audit report is a clear sign to have Mahlangu-Nkabinde be fired.

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