SIU yet to finalise public works probe

2011-09-09 20:35
Pretoria - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is yet to finalise its probe into alleged irregularities in the public works department, Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde said on Friday.

The SIU briefed her on its ongoing investigations into alleged irregularities within the departments procurement division during a meeting earlier in the day with MECs in Pretoria.

Without going into details on the discussions, Mahlangu-Nkabinde said the report presented at the meeting was still a draft.

Once finalised, it would be submitted to President Jacob Zuma before being made public.

"Investigations are ongoing. The SIU requested that we don't reveal details as it may interfere with the investigations."

Zuma formally issued a proclamation 13 months ago authorising the unit to investigate the department and root out corruption.

"All staff and management have been urged to give the SIU their full co-operation," said Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Early this year, the unit indicated that investigators were looking at the procurement of goods and services, including accommodation leased on behalf of the public works department and other national departments.

It said the procurement processes were "not fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and/or cost effective" and were "contrary to applicable legislation, manuals, policy, procedures".

The SIU was also probing "irregular expenditure; fruitless and wasteful expenditure; and/or expenditure not due, owing or payable, in relation to payments made to property owners, property managers, consultants, suppliers and/or service providers for the furnishing of goods and/or services to the department, including leased accommodation".

Mahlangu-Nkabinde said the department's audit report was being finalised.

She said it would be premature to go into detail, but that the department was attending to "shortcomings" identified by the Auditor General.

- SAPA
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