IFP wants public works recovery plan

2013-03-08 22:14

Johannesburg - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi must explain how he will recover the millions of rands lost due to corruption in his department, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Friday.

"The minister must give us clarity on how his department will recover the money lost during the renovation of 11 ministerial houses, and how the companies involved and the officials who colluded with them will be brought to book," spokesperson Petros Sithole said.

Nxesi said on Wednesday the public works department was taking steps to curb corruption and collusion.

The IFP called for details, asking what steps would be taken to reduce the level of corruption in the department.

"Public funds have been wasted through illegal price inflation, which far exceeded the budgeted amounts," Sithole said in a statement.

"Those involved must not only be named and shamed, but also be banned from dealing with the department, or any other government entity, in the future."

  • Sapper_Coetzee - 2013-03-08 22:58

    Take their assets and get the money back. I believe the LAW can be used to collect all fund gained during a crime or does our law not function like that?

  • Joe Smit - 2013-03-09 01:02

    He doesn't care, why should he explain. Probably just waiting for his "Golden Handshake" and be away from all this unnecessary responsibility....

      Dave Abner - 2013-03-09 05:06

      The only problem is that the polititians always want to hold the officials responsible. I find it hard to believe that these officials decided on their own to renovate various properties. There is definitely political influence regarding what to do and who should do it. And the politicians never take responsibility for their actions.

  • Bongeka - 2013-03-09 06:16

    Seriously, please tell us Mr minister. Or this is just another one of those empty promises? Gosh! I've lost hope on these people. Not the organisation but the current administration.

  • Lana Lyons - 2013-03-09 06:35

    It is ironic that the Department of Public Works have established the Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, yet refuse to use Professional Quantity Surveyors on such projects. Quantity Surveyors are specifically trained to set budgets and maintain costs from concept to completion. I wonder how many billions could have been saved (or prevented from dissapearing) if properly managed by an appointed expert.

  • Tshedza Phasane - 2013-03-09 06:42

    These people's backs are covered, you should remember that these are the people giving huge donations to the organization. It is the same organization that covers their backs

  • Tshireletso Molobi - 2013-03-09 07:01

    Iyo its been long since IFP said anything abt de corruption in SA. I thought DA ws de only acting party

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-03-09 07:07

    Please people accept it as long as the ANC regime is in power the corruption will continue unabated, it's the only way they will remain in power!!!

  • Joshua Kgorutle - 2013-03-09 07:18

    Vigilant groups knows no measures. Why bother by asking?

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-09 07:22

    Is IFP still existing?

      Emil Scharf - 2013-03-09 11:28

      They have made a comeback in Nkandla, where they took the ward from the ANC a few months ago in a by-election...KZN is the only province where the ANC has been growing since 1994, so it would be great if this comeback is sustainable over larger parts of KZN.

  • Joseph Beerwinkel - 2013-03-09 07:38

    Start at the top by sacking mionister

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-03-09 08:13

    How can the government trust this stupid minister with even R1. Its like giving a child sweets and asking not to eat it. Start clean and fire all ministers.

  • Stephen Brookes - 2013-03-09 08:58

    I'm fairly sure he doesn't even have a clue what he has to explain

  • Tshepo Maredi - 2013-03-09 09:07

    The Minister's probably one of the 11 renovation recipients, why he's being so vague about how he's going to fix this. He'll probably set up a task team. I hate hearing those words from government!

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-03-09 09:50

    The Public Works dept is THE MOST CORRUPT dept in Government under this Nxesi. Just look, all those millions to Nkandla, millions for this, millions for that, everything over inflated, so guess who is on the scoring side, I bet you if all those contracts could be checked out, we would be shocked to see just how much has been stolen in every contract. To think that they actually believe that we are all simple minded not to notice what they are doing. Who spends R7.5 million upgrading a house, they have no common sense, yet these cadres all get to run these huge portfolion so they steal steal steal. How many billions in the past 5 years have been stolen. Sorry, cadres, we were not born yesterday, they are trying to pull the wool over eyes, maybe the masses with their 30% pass rate cant do the maths, but dont try and fool intelligent people. Nxisi made you got a 30% pass and failed maths thats why you are unable to do the sums of what is value for money and what is a rip off. You should be added to the list of useless over paid corrupt cadres that need to bugger off. That list grows longer as the days go by. Zuma, will soon not have any ministers left in his cabinet. You are just another cadre who has the idea of self enrichment is the ANC policy.

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-09 10:17

    Firslty, Minister Nxesi you have a lovely smile and secondly PHONE ZUMKIE - he has millions stached in his BUNKER!!

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-03-09 10:43

    I agree. We all know how corrupt anc cadres are 'punished'. They get elected to NEC and live happily ever after.

  • Bless Boswell - 2013-03-09 21:38

    Was Thulas drunk in this clip?

  • alf.hill.1 - 2013-03-09 22:23

    As a small party, what leverage does the IFP have to enforce accountability? Until the opposition unites and become one party, all their utterances will not be dissimilar to pissing in the wind.

  • alf.hill.1 - 2013-03-09 22:24

    As a small party, what leverage does the IFP have to enforce accountability? Until the opposition unites and become one party, all their utterances will not be dissimilar to pissing in the wind.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-03-10 11:19

    To get all the money wasted and stolen by this dept, it will never happen. This nxesi is as corrupt and a liar as the come. They will keep him there because he is very good at his job when it gets to distributing the money, he has a selective list where and how the money goes. Nkandla is a good start though.

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