Financial chaos plagues public works

2012-10-01 22:20

Cape Town - Financial chaos continues to dog the public works department, according to the auditor general (AG).

This resulted in AG Terence Nombembe giving the department another disclaimer for the 2011/12 financial year - one of the worst audit opinions possible.

Nombembe said he could not rely on information provided by the department about, among other things, how many properties it owned and leased to sister departments and other state entities, and the accuracy of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

"I was unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to satisfy myself as to the completeness of irregular expenditure relating to the current year stated at R171 127 000."

The department's financial statements indicated there was over R69m in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

Nombembe said he could not rely on this figure either, as the department did not have a system in place to identify this type of spending.

The lease problems at the department continued.

"I was unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence for operating lease expenditure transactions with an estimated value of R48 513 867," said Nombembe.

Action against department officials accused of wrongdoing was lacking in various instances.

"Investigations have not been conducted into all allegations of financial misconduct committed by officials, as required by treasury regulations."

As a result of this failure, disciplinary steps were also not taken against officials suspected of such conduct.

On the supply chain management side, the department was faring poorly by contravening treasury regulations and procuring goods and services of a transaction value higher than R500 000.

Nombembe took aim at officials who played a part in awarding relatives, friends, partners or associates lucrative public works contracts

Some of these officials had not been sanctioned for fraud and corruption.

The department's leadership was criticised for not holding officials accountable for their actions.

"Instability in key leadership positions had a negative impact in providing effective leadership in the department."

There have been various changes and turnaround plans in the department in the past few years.

Public works has had three ministers at its helm in the past two years following Cabinet reshuffles by President Jacob Zuma.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-01 22:28

    Small wonder Terence has no hair - he must be pulling it out in clumps! How to get these departments functioning again? Employ qualified impartial people, and set in place controls. Run them as companies, not state departments. If corruption, nepotism or any other illegal activity is detected,fire the parties involved immediately. It is the only way - root it out!

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-01 22:46

      Yes indeed, Sharon. Well said. This is beyond scary to read. Frightning, actually. Forces one to face the realities our country is dealing with. If only everyone could see the 'light'

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-01 23:16

      I see a second Rhodesia, sorry, Zimbabwe on it's way ! - 2012-10-01 23:29

      Corruption, Incompetence and Criminal behaviour is born from the heart, you are either a good honest person or you are scum, its as simple as that. Race and Apartheid can no longer be blamed for this rubbish behaviour from grown men, 18 years later.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-01 23:34

      Do agree with you Sharon, unfortunitly this dept and Land reforms are the ANC slush funds. Hence the routation of ministers to ensure no one can be blamed.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-01 23:56

      The way to fix this problem is get rid of the ANC completely and you will see the massive difference in change in less than a month. They are the probem.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-02 06:30

      Problem is @Sharon, no one can make decisions. Your comments are right, but there is no 'boss' who could implement this action. The rot starts at the top, with no clear direction as to how to run anything. I have a good friend who was once in a very powerful position in goverment. He said the stress, the bribery, and blatant corruption wore him down. He was in fact afraid to go to work some days. He says, that just before he had a total breakdown, he walked out one day, grabbed his wife and kids and left. e.g. piles of 'gifts' on his desk, almost every morning. Keys for Mercs, whiskey, jewellery etc. There are some good people in government, they are simply not able to function.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-02 07:17

      Sharon, what you say is quite correct. The problem is that they are unable to organize booze-up in a brewery!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-02 08:14

      Wonder how many propertys and buildings have just gone missing only to be reregisted in some anc oficials private name and now charging the gov rental for the building?????????????????????????????

      merven.halo - 2012-10-02 08:50

      "Public works has had three ministers at its helm in the past two years" What is the bet that they are going to send Angie Motsekga to Public Works after the Education fiasco.

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-10-01 22:29

    It is simple, get rid of all the incompetent people, ANC officials must not be allowed to participate in any tenders.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-01 22:43

    Isn't this the same department going ahead with a R203million plan to massively improve the shower-head's palace!! Zuma's really taken South Africa to the DOGS!!!

  • tobydt - 2012-10-01 23:29

    F*** the ANC.

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-10-02 06:34

      It seems to be the African way. No wonder the civilised world despises Africa, and Zuma wants more say for Africa at the UN? What an idiot

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-10-01 23:38

    Banana Republic and they are going to hide on racism and apartheid. People must be held accountable if this is a true reflection of our sorry Banana Republic.

      David Moshugi Hlabang - 2013-07-12 15:27

      Magodu a sentse Anc e re e ratang mare every dog has its on day vote for anc no more

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-10-01 23:41

    I am really sorry for Terence as he is on a hiding to nothing with the present "government"?? The real solution is to fire everyone from the Minister downwards through the DG and to appoint people who can actually run the business. Absolutely ZERO chance of this happening as ZUMA is even more incompetent than the Minister he appointed!! I await 2014 for a wakeup call for the ANC and (unfortunately all the way to 2019) for a change in government. For South Africa's sake I wish it could happen tomorrow.

      David Moshugi Hlabang - 2013-07-12 15:42

      The real solution is to fire number one first, and after that ba feletse ka di Minister.

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-10-01 23:44

    Sorry - I meant from the "president" downwards in the firing scenario because Zuma is as far away from a President that i can imagine anyone to be

  • Moagi Mohohlo - 2012-10-02 00:06

    We have to open a new office in Mahikeng and we need accommodation but all I hear is that it cannot happen due to investigations going on in the DPW. The right to information and service delivery for people in the NW province is compromised as a result. In plain English it simply means that a government department is hampering another government department to deliver on its mandate. We are currently crammed in another office in Pretoria and carrying out duties is difficult. Now that the AG has completed their audit can DWP help us secure accommodation? What do we have to do?

      Jahn Beukes - 2013-07-12 15:31

      Join the DA.

  • Erna - 2012-10-02 00:16

    The AG, together with the public protector, has the most depressing job of all.

  • hans.dewaal.5 - 2012-10-02 00:19

    A country can easily suffer one or two fools along the way. Even if the fool is a president or person of influence. It can however not suffer millions of fools repeatedly voting a morally corrupt and rotten to the core political party into power. Surely any logical person would have realised by now that the ANC is simply not achieving any of the standards required for a fully functional and healthy democracy? If not they must be fools and no country can remain functional with that many fools running around!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-02 01:44

    The ANC is f*ckup of monumental proportions !! Corrupt inept and totally incapable of managing anything !! Tax thieves !! Time for a tax revolt !!

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-10-02 02:28

    Our president's biggest cook jar DPW

  • john.chamberlain.3152 - 2012-10-02 02:54

    Disgraceful, convenient confusion to hide King Zuma's wild spending. Herds boy boy to riches beyond his wildest dreams all without a formal education. It's a tragedy for South Africa, but unfortunately it is going the way of all African counties that were given independence from colonialism. It's not possible to have a poorly educated, inexperienced government led by an uneducated herds boy to successfully take over what was a sophisticated country like South Africa. But I guess even after nearly 20 years they can blame their failure dew to greed, corruption and incompetence on the European settlers. They inherited an infrastructure that was the envy of Africa, but to sustain and look after it requires more qualification than being a cadre. What of the plebs, worse off.

  • carlos.duarte.50951 - 2012-10-02 05:39

    Water and electricity went from a thousand something (for a house with 2 people) to 4 and 5 thousand, and they claim it is "an estimate". Is there resource to the Courts? Does anyone want to take this thing all the way to the high Courts in "Tshwane"? Nah, we will remain divided, uninformed, unconcerned, busy infighting and taking our frustrations on other road users and being our obnoxious selves... What an epitaph for the "Rainbow Nation", eh eh...

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-10-02 09:09

      And right now large sections of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, have yet again NO WATER since evening of October 1st! But they will still want our rates money. Anything controlled by black people is/will be a disaster. They are not capable of running a toilet let alone businesses, countries. Nowhere has a country ruled/governed by black people been successful. And I don't give a fig for anyone who calls me a racist, save your energy. I LOATHE black slobs who do nothing but want everything and stuff up what they cannot have.

  • sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-10-02 05:53

    The PWD always run like clockwork pre 1994. Are we surpised to see that it failed? Like most other failed government departments, no, it was expected.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-02 08:41

      Part of the reason for the present problems are that pre 1994 the PWD did so little that when they handed over to the Cadres, there were no controls in place, there was no register of properties owned by Government. The scene had been set for rampant corruption. At least pre 1994 they were not particularly corrupt just useless.

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-10-02 09:15

      @kevin: well it would be really stupid to have expected them to help themselves for once, right? Who helped 'whites' invent, create and educate themselves - themselves. Black people either cannot or don't even think about doing/creating/preserving anything. Never have, never will.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-02 05:57

    This will make a great movie, comedy, series. This can keep us entertained for generations. Vote anc people and get what you deserve.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-02 06:02

    hand it over to the d a and let them show the anc how to fix it and managed properly. their are thousand of competent unemployed people that can be employed to assist in fixing this mess created by the anc

  • markus.esterhuyse - 2012-10-02 06:45

    Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-02 06:52

    They have put illiterate, unqualified morons into high positions and they are surprised at these kind of results?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-02 07:16

    He may have been talking of the entire ANC led Government. A shambles from top to bottom.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-10-02 07:23

    What's new. Just another mess caused by cancer?

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-02 07:38

    So many suggestions and recommendations on how to fix the problems of corruption and outright theft. I know that it's all well meaning but guys, look around you ........ it's Africa . The more I read as to what the government is going to do about the on going corru... Sorry, THEFT, the more there is on a daily basis. SCARY

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-02 07:41

    If positions were open to everyone, not just BEE, AA or whatever other there is - then maybe just maybe you would get people who actually know how to do the job whether they are white, Indian, black or Asian, instead of my brother, sister, aunty, uncle, uncle's brother etc just because they happen to have the right colour .....Government is the public services - they are not there to become millionaires overnight. Once upon a time these departments ran well, timeously and although the pay was not fantastic they were well maintained - why this government ever took something that was well run and change it i have no idea ( the saying - if it ain't broke don't fix it - doesn't seem to apply here)but i guess it was because they thought they knew better (than who?) and now the people are feeling the effects of your so called incompetence.

  • winston.jackson.14 - 2012-10-02 07:45

    The difference between other disasters around the world which went viral and south africas disaster is that no one including S A's 40 or so million blacks are interested. This platform although available to all is only the response of not even one percent so it makes no difference. Rather spend your energy and time reading a good novel.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-02 07:55

    The R675 billion lost to corruption could have built 13 million RDP houses. The promise of the anc was not delivered. Instead the money has been wasted by cadres with grand lifestyles. Vote anc again for more of the same.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-10-02 08:01

    Why is the Hawks and schupid Public protector wasting their time on Julius Malema while there's crius corruption in Zuma`s government.To hell wth ANC m gng 2 vote 4 a. Beta party

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-02 08:06

    Can someone try and explain why so many black people don't apply their minds/brains to real issues?Blindly voting for and believing in the ANC is beyond logic.It just doesn't make sense!!!

  • mnxulu - 2012-10-02 10:04

    Can some1 tell me, what ws the reason for the reshuffling if nthn has changed? If the department has unreliabe financial documents, that means it may be even more difficult 2 charge authorities of fraud/corruption, as they may lack appropriate evidence. Looks like the leopards have covered their tracks properly.

  • Blixum - 2012-10-02 13:33

    Blame the bloody cadder deployment.

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