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Dept is losing R2bn a year

By Katlego Moeng | Mar 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 364 ]

THE Department of Public Works is losing R2-billion a year because of irregular leases and its failure to collect money owed to it by other departments.

Minister Thulas Nxesi yesterday painted a bleak picture of his department, including the fact that as the government's "landlord" it does not have a full register of properties owned by the state.

Nxesi said his top priority was to have proper audit of all the leases his department has with various parties by the end of May.

He said Treasury would assist the department in identifying irregular leases, collecting outstanding money, establishing a reliable lease register and to strengthen the systems of the department relating to lease and property management and to train and capacitate staff accordingly.

Nxesi said the ministry has liaised with the Special Investigating Unit, the public protector and auditor-general, and as a result of investigations, five officials have been suspended and charged with misconduct.

"More officials are implicated and investigations will lead to criminal prosecutions," he said.

Speaking at the department's regional office in Johannesburg, Nxesi said he found that there was lack of capacity and accountability when he joined the ministry.

He said he did not expect a clean audit from the auditor-general in the 2012-2013 financial year, but would work vigorously to mop-up the mess in the department's books. Public Works has had disclaimer opinions from the AG for the last few years.

Nxesi replaced his predecessor, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, after the public protector found that she had acted irregularly in the granting of the controversial multi-billion rand police headquarters lease contract to property mogul Roux Shabangu.

Nxesi also said that he would ensure that all the acting positions in the department were filled by permanent and qualified individuals. To ensure accountability, he would sign performance agreements with all the senior managers.

He also said he wanted to minimise the use of consultants. "No outsourcing unless the skill is not available. We want to bring all services back inside the department.

Nxesi also committed himself to work with unions.

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Honeybadger
Then how is it that if has a criminal record you may not be sit as a director of any board?

Mar 28, 2012 1:58 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
JajasQueen - "In your experience - have you ever had leaders who are not?"

Ive only experienced the ANC government. I dont want a corrupt and incompetent government.
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So it would be a fact if I stated that you have no other political party or government experience to compare the ANC to?

Mar 28, 2012 2:7 | 0 replies

Honeybadger - According to the Companies act, you may not be director of a company if you have a criminal record.

Mar 28, 2012 2:10 | 0 replies

(iii)any person who has at any time been convicted (whether in the Republic or elsewhere) of theft, fraud, forgery or uttering a forged document, perjury, an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1958 (Act No. 6 of 1958), the Corruption Act, 1992 (Act No. 94 of 1992), Part 1 to 4, or section 17, 20 or 21 (in so far as it relates to the aforementioned offences) of Chapter 2 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004, or any offence involving dishonesty or in connection with the promotion, formation or management of a company, and has been sentenced therefor to imprisonment without the option of a fine or to a fine exceeding one hundred rand.
(iv)any person who has, in terms of an Act of Parliament, been removed from office for not being a fit and proper person to serve as a director or in the management or in any other position of trust of the body in question due to theft, fraud, forgery, uttering a forged document, corruption, whether in terms of the common law or not, or any other act involving dishonesty.

Mar 28, 2012 2:11 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
Honeybadger - According to the Companies act, you may not be director of a company if you have a criminal record
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Companies act? Sin really now?

Mar 28, 2012 2:11 | 0 replies

JJQ, and your point is?????
Honeybadger, me too, heard it all before that is. More times than you too, I bet, being my age and all. The NP supporters were the same. Their leaders did something wrong (Manyi), absolute silence. Another party's leaders do something similar "wrong", (Zille) vuvuzelas, millions of them, trumpets blown, drums beaten, sirens going, a world full of noise. What is, was. The same will happen again.

Mar 28, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

oldlady2
Honeybadger, and there you put your fin.ger on the pu.lse of the labo.ur broker prob.lem. How do an.yone pro.ve that som.eone convi.cted of fra.ud or the.ft will or will not st.eal from you in the f.uture? You can't, so you're forced to take your cha.nces. As an emplo.yer, I am not willing to take that chance, so I use a labour broker. And, the Travelgate fraudsters defrauded their employer, and they're still working for that employer, who happens to be employed by us, the taxpayers. Just checked the labour laws, and defrauding the company you work for is reason for instant dismissal by law. Why on earth would a company keep an employee who defrauded them? With millions of honest unemployed people. Makes no sense. .
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why are you torturing yourself like this? let me try and simplify this already simple argument. Legally and hopefully morally you can assume past behaviour will influence future behaviour however you give a person who is rehabilitated the benefit of the doubt unless you can prove that they are not rehabilitated. Lets not use labour brokers as an excuse please. will an employee proved by a brokearage not steal from you because he is not your employee? The point is the law gives all the benefit of the doubt.

Mar 28, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

JajasQueen - "Companies act? Sin really now?"

Hehe, time for your ignorance to shine.

Mar 28, 2012 2:13 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
Honeybadger - According to the Companies act, you may not be director of a company if you have a criminal record
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You are telling a lie; its either an honest lie (ignorance) or intentional (BS).

Mar 28, 2012 2:14 | 0 replies

JajasQueen
So it would be a fact if I stated that you have no other political party or government experience to compare the ANC to?

II compare them to ZANU-PF

Mar 28, 2012 2:16 | 0 replies

Danielrjvv1
Honeybadger
Then how is it that if has a criminal record you may not be sit as a director of any board?
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who fed you that lie?

Mar 28, 2012 2:7 | 0 replies