Turnaround Strategy of the Department of Public Works
Raises Questions

21 January 2013      



The IFP has questioned the turnaround strategy of the Department of Public Works, after the recent media reports highlighting the R65 million spent by the Department of Public Works in the renovation of certain Ministers' homes.


IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Mr Petros Sithole MP said, "The Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi told Parliament last year that they have a turnaround strategy in the Department to deal with all of their existing challenges. The Minister further told us that their turnaround strategy was meant to curb irregular expenditure, yet with such blatant and wasteful spending, the department is clearly not turning anything around. The Minister must immediately address this wasteful expenditure of public money failing which he should resign or be removed from office."


The Department is still embroiled in controversy over the R250m Nkandla Presidential homestead spend and it is now proceeding to upgrade ministerial homes. This shows a government that is nothing but reckless and unaccountable with other people's money.


"The IFP believes that our Ministers should have residences inside the Parliamentary villages just like MPs do. How can they justify all of this extra expense to the taxpayer when so much remains to be done in our country? This is wasteful expenditure," said Sithole.


The IFP re-iterates its call for the disbandment of the Department of Public Works which is, at the very best, severely dysfunctional.  The Department will in all likelihood receive another disclaimer this year as it is fraught with corruption and ineptitude.




IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Hon Mr Petros Sithole MP, 082 743 1348


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675