Public works a mess, minister admits

2012-04-20 08:03

Johannesburg - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has admitted there are serious problems of mismanagement in the department, according to a report on Friday.

The department has been rocked with allegations of corruption and fraud, particularly relating to the leases of new police headquarters worth R1.6bn.

"We have created a mess," Nxesi said at meeting with department staff in Durban on Thursday, according to a report in The Times newspaper.

"There are a lot of shenanigans. All big tenders have a problem. It's a fact that there are serious problems in the department... officials disregarding supply-chain management procedures and accepting gifts such as cars."

Nxesi said each week a new scandal around leases and construction emerged and some people acted as if they belonged to the department.

"They do shoddy work but know they will get tenders without following procedures."

At least 4 000 leases would be reviewed, Nxesi said.

  • Koos - 2012-04-20 08:11

    Old news.

      Piet - 2012-04-20 08:47

      Jip she should step down, she is clearly incompetent to run her department!

      Michael - 2012-04-20 09:03

      Piet, Thulas is a male!

      Kala - 2012-04-20 16:00

      The healine is incorrect. It should read " The whole SA Government is in a mess".

      Boer - 2012-06-19 20:26

      I wonder why everything is in a mess? Might it be the very capable ANC?? Mmmmm

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-20 08:13

    Please put things right for the sake of our country and it's future generations. Arrest the perpetrators of criminal acts and put good people in positions that will change the current status .

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-04-20 08:20

      I hope they will get the right line.

      Theo - 2012-04-20 09:43

      Yes its about time the DA come show show the rest of the country how it should be done !

  • Bob - 2012-04-20 08:15

    Well I'm shocked, corruption, when are the people of this country going to wake up and vote this corrupt government out before it's to late, even SA with all it's rich resources can't stand this level of mismanagement and corruption for ever, give the DA a chance, they are presently the only possible alternative, surely they are worth a chance, and no Sganja they are not a white party, they have members from across the full spectrum of SA's population.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-04-20 08:18

      Hear hear

      Bob - 2012-04-20 10:50

      Who gave us a thumb down Pieter, how can anyone in their right mind not see the damage this government has done and how little they have achieved in 18 frikken years, how can anyone be happy with that.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-04-20 08:16

    Appartheid did it's injustice. If I look at SA now every one is unhappy doesn't matter what race. We can make it work for every one.

      Joseph - 2012-04-20 09:11

      Ja Pieter its time to wake up and get politics in a honest direction, and show the people what the country can be like without thieves in goverment. They should take everything away from the thieves and cut their hands off.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-20 09:23

      Pieter M .verstaan nie jou retoriek hier nie jy meen dit is apartheid se skuld ?

      sabongam - 2012-04-20 11:38

      @ Gieljam - ek stem saam met Pieter. Dit is Apartheid se skuld. Maar die huidige regering is ook vol van korrupte amptenare en diewe... Or do you want to argue the fact that the apartheid regime is not to blame?

  • Mike - 2012-04-20 08:20

    Yip, carry on voting them in, no surprise here as we all knew this was going to happen. If you want something to happen and you want proper change then vote in people that actually get the job done and are serious about the citizens of this country, not serious about how much they can fill their pocket like we have currently.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-20 08:20

    The first step to recovery is to admit there is a problem !! I doubt the currupt ANC will do anything about it but ..........

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 08:37

      It this article not addressing the issue of owning the problem?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 08:55

      ""Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has admitted there are serious problems of mismanagement in the department, according to a report on Friday."" Is this not an ANC official's quote.

      Peter - 2012-04-20 08:59

      No Bluzulu ....this is just a politician covering it's own arse. They all say these types of things, but never take any action. The Public Protecto was advised many many tmes to please investigate further than the SAPS leases, but she refused. ANC cadre ... the list goes on and on and on and on.

  • merushan - 2012-04-20 08:22

    Fire the bastards

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 08:37

      Just the criminal element, Thanks.

      Piet - 2012-04-20 08:48

      Bluzulu that will be al of them if we take criminality into account!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 08:53

      I disagree, Many of us are doing right by this country's infrastructure.

      Bob - 2012-04-20 10:52

      Bluzulu, you are right, many people are doing the right thing, unfortunately none of them are part of the ruling government.

  • Thoka - 2012-04-20 08:22

    Thank you minister for owning up, now get rid of all those rotten potatos.

      jacques.koorts - 2012-04-20 08:32

      and more importantly bring the law down on them.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 08:46

      I agree - thank you minister for coming out with the truth. Let's hope your brave move was not in vain.

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-04-20 08:34

    if there was no corruption there would not be a need for e-tags or property taxes or high electricity prices. you would also have better edu.... the list goes on..

  • Ben - 2012-04-20 08:36

    Time for action -just clean up this mess! It is not rocket science!

  • Den - 2012-04-20 08:38

    yes just go and admint that your all incompotent. we have a goverment filled with self pride, yet full of empty promises...

  • Den - 2012-04-20 08:39

    the time for self congratulations is comming to and end. stop linning your pockets with our money

      Peter - 2012-04-20 09:01

      This brings to mind the speech of "Gladiator" in the movie. When he confronted the emperor and was told how his wife and child were murdered ... we are being raped and murdered by our government, yet the masses will vore them in again next round.

      Peter - 2012-04-20 09:02

      "vote" ... sorry.

  • David - 2012-04-20 08:43

    Sadly,the ANC could not run a bath without the water and soap being lost or stolen.

      Den - 2012-04-20 10:11

      well said

  • mullervince - 2012-04-20 08:49

    AA and BEE. Such mismanagement was never known in the old South Africa. People got their jobs on merrits, unlike the ANC's policies.

      Thoka - 2012-04-20 08:58

      @ Mullervinceclearly you were not born and grow up in this country. Merrits!!!! I think you need to wear glasses and look into this issue properly.

  • Kabelo - 2012-04-20 08:50

    Mr JZ u have failed to fight corruption.1 by disbanding the Scorpion even after all the recomendation that back the unit to stay and their -80 conviction .what u did intro the Hawks so far they only managed a -0-0-0 equals to 0, rate of conviction.u still want a secont term in office while u can't but u house in oder. This a country is not a soccer team lives of millions of people a in stake. Just vacate the give some one with braines to run SA.

      sabongam - 2012-04-20 11:47

      Clearly not you Kabelo with all your grammatical and spelling errors...I bet you some anti-government idiot will criticise me and defend you,Kabelo.But if you were a pro-Zuma individual they would also criticise both your use of English and errors...

  • Lance - 2012-04-20 08:56

    Please forgive the negativity, but is there any dept that isn't in a mess ? I would rather prefer to see headlines stating \XYZ dept is not in a mess\. Fear not SA citizens, in the spirit of \job creation\ all the \allegedly guilty parties\ will simply be transferred to a new dept where they can start fresh by \managing things\ once again...

      Mike - 2012-04-20 08:58

      western cape...

  • Msika - 2012-04-20 08:58

    All the departments are a mess.

  • Bokfan - 2012-04-20 09:01

    Listenup compassion coup, your aims are laudable but your methods are pathetic and counterproductive. By the time I saw your fifth post I was getting annoyed. Go blitz the government in the relevant forums for specific slothful conduct. We are already energetically hounding them on their general failures here. Thulas good of you to admit that the govts racist and utterly scandalous AA program has tapped a sewer of dishonesty and uselessness in every department and at every level. If 3 out of 10 Govt employees are useless and 2 out of 10 are dishonest it means the govt cannot function. Start with a total HR overhaul to fix the problem.

      Bokfan - 2012-04-20 09:05

      Declare a state of emergency in the dept and citing operational reasons make everybody reapply for their position. Implement correct hiring procedures and throw out the EAP as your benchmark for equitable representation. You must legally use the minum entry requirement per level to set your targets. It'll cost billions but its better that way than to leave this festering gangrene to kill the entire nation. We the people will sue Chancellor House later to recover the money the anc has costs us.

  • Adrian - 2012-04-20 09:12

    Vote DA

  • Ian - 2012-04-20 09:12

    oh really, lets see now you have been allocated millions but you dont repair roads, you dont repair traffic lights, grass in parks and pavements is never cut (have to beg them to get that done) garbage dumps of public parks is hardly cleaned, road marking are hardly repainted and you reckon public works is a mess, REALLY YA THEEENK, dimwits

      Mike - 2012-04-20 09:18

      But they can change street names though! well done government!(sarcasm...)

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-20 09:15

    Thulas Nxesi is slowly sounding like a broken record. Since he joined the department, we hear him telling us about the existence of problems in the department. Can we move to the next line now please Minister, we know there are problems. What are you going to do, what have you done so far?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-20 10:11

      Aha!!!! Good comment!

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-20 09:16

    Yes a mess AND SO SAY ALL OF US ....ah well almost

  • Siyabonga - 2012-04-20 09:16

    Thulas has been sayin this far too long now,I want to hear sumthing different,Gigaba took a ministry in mess and turned it around,Mbalula is doing sumthing,Nxesi do sumthing

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-20 09:30

    Christo .Get back on to the issue man . You are aiming at your heels and hitting your nose with all your misplaced comments here ,this issue is about Public CROOKS/Works,

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-04-20 09:31

    She missed out the line "And I'm in charge of it"

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-04-20 09:33

    Sien hulle dit nou eers?

  • mashuduen - 2012-04-20 09:33

    Thanks to the minister to identify a problem,at least contrary to bunch of neglegent in the cabinet.Now that he has identifed the problem what will he do contrary to his colleague who just speak about resolution measures without implementation'they just restate them brainlessly'.

  • chuma.mhlebil - 2012-04-20 09:34

    Let's give him a chance, he is still settling in! Indeed the Dept is a Mess! I hve to apllaud the Minister of Justice, his dept is really in good hands it is not as messy as the other's!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-20 10:22

      We would love to give him change, but due to using the rope on previous admittance we left with none. Too may times it happens. We, public, warn/telling them the same for how long and we get admittance, denials and "not too bad" for to long. My advise to him is take the criticism, biting the bullet and while doing that sort the problems out. He must understand that the public will not stop and they will only slow down when positive results start rolling in. My advise: Good luck Mr. the Minister. You have done the talk. Now do the walk, but do not think the public will stop before results start showing.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-20 10:49

      You know, in my job my bosses aren’t interested about hearing the problems that I face; they are interested in hearing about the solutions I come up to rectify the problems. Chuma, there is no set standard within Government and it’s thanks to people like you. Ag shame, poor Minister, fudge that! He gets paid, he is supposed to do a job and our future depends on how he does the job. So I suggest you get a back bone and demand competent people to fill the positions within Government or the ANC will be known as the 21st century’s NP very soon.

  • Rethamyh - 2012-04-20 09:38

    Ok,first minister to get a brain many left to go?!

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-20 09:39

    but 2-3s of our country will still vote anc in other words the majority of our country are completly brain dead

  • phumlani.mbatha - 2012-04-20 09:40

    i guess we need to hear about corrective measures hence forth

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-20 11:32

      I guess after 18 years, we should still vote an incompetent government.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-20 09:47

    @fannie you must be an blind anc member thank you for messing up our country hope you will one day wake up and smell the rot anc viva corruption viva poverty

  • lee.farrington - 2012-04-20 10:31

    Isn't it amazing, civil servants commit fraud, embezzle millions, and never go to jail! This government needs to be held accountable for their F**K up

  • keketso.polisa1 - 2012-06-19 20:56

    Ya neh!at last...

  • deus.exmachina.58367 - 2012-10-02 04:19

    Guys, come to a country like Australia and see for yourself how efficient everything is, it just works. I left South Africa because once you get caught up in the bureaucracy - hospitals, councils, education, police, etc. you see no end in sight. Its not the service that's missing, its the corruption thats needed to make it all 'work'. Its the way of Africa, and its killing South Africa's integrity in the eyes of the world.

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