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'
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
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