Public works 'under administration'

2012-02-21 17:21

Johannesburg - The public works department is "technically under administration", Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi told Parliament on Tuesday.

"So, technically speaking we are already under administration because we are calling for help from different departments to work with us until we are able to walk on our own," he told the portfolio committee on public works, according to SABC radio news.

Nxesi was briefing Parliament on the remedial actions his department was taking after the department received a disclaimer from the auditor general for the 2010/11 financial year.

This was the worst possible audit opinion, and meant the AG could not get enough information to form an opinion on the state of the department’s finances.

On February 16, Nxesi said his department had put in place three short-term stabilisation measures to address immediate weaknesses, including addressing the audit problems.

This was according to a speech posted on www.info.gov.za that he delivered to a meeting with public entities and professional councils.

He said he would convene a technical task team consisting of various departments to help him fix the rot.

Nxesi took over from Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde in October last year, after she was fired.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Mahlangu-Nkabinde had flouted processes in the police lease headquarters saga.

- SAPA
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