Mahlangu-Nkabinde must go - DA

2011-09-20 15:24
Johannesburg - Minister of Public Works Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde must go, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

The Public Protector's investigation into two property leases on behalf of the police pointed to unlawful conduct and a violation of the Constitution by the minister herself, said DA spokesperson John Steenhuisen.

"Instead of taking responsibility for fixing the mess, Minister Mahlangu-Nkabinde is attempting to divert the blame for the situation in the department to officials," said Steenhuisen.

"The bottom line is that you cannot have a compromised minister cleaning out a corrupt department."

R3bn in tender irregularities

Mahlangu-Nkabinde revealed on Monday that tender irregularities of about R3bn were uncovered in a probe into her department.

Criminal charges were likely to be brought against several officials and outsiders and the department would tighten up its procedures, she said. The investigation was done by the department and the Special Investigating Unit.

The minister, appointed 10 months ago, admitted her department had failed South Africans.

"I was inadvertently handed a poisoned chalice. I inherited a situation where serious irregularities had occurred," she said.

She vowed to root out corrupt personnel, but warned it would take months to clean up the department.

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