Official fired over R60m fraud to renovate ministers’ houses

2014-08-04 08:47

A senior official for the public works department has been fired after allegedly paying more than R60 million to contractors to renovate houses for government ministers.

Noloyiso Ntwana, a former director in the department, had breached the procurement policy and appointed an unregistered quantity surveyor, The Star reported today.

The charges related to events after Jacob Zuma became president in May 2009. Houses for Cabinet ministers were available but needed to be renovated.

An investigation carried out by the Special Investigating Unit in 2011 linked Ntwana to the fraud. She did not attend the disciplinary hearing.

Ntwana approached the Labour Court to try and stop the charges being brought against her, but failed.

Phillip Masilo, legal adviser of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, confirmed to The Star that evidence collected by the Special Investigating Unit was used to prosecute Ntwana.

Masilo said a similar investigation was being carried out in Cape Town into the renovations of 10 ministerial houses, which cost the department around R100 million.

Ntwana did not respond to queries by the newspaper.

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