MPUMALANGA'S embattled public works head Priscilla Nkwinika is hopping from one controversy to another.
Nkwinika's woes relate to her irregularly awarding multimillion-rand contracts to undeserving companies.
A latest report by the integrity management unit investigation shows that she has wasted nearly R1million.
She paid Xinjovo R715681, Marepo R7427 while Unison was paid R99408.
This after she kept a recommended company from getting theR20million contract with the provincial government. And now she has to pay back the money.
Nkwinika has previously been linked to irregularly awarding a R210million contract to Premier David Mabuza's former wife.
She has also been fingered over awarding another R20million contract that she also channelled to an undeserving company.
In the latest incident the integrity management unit has found that Nkwinika overlooked the decision by the bid adjudication committee that Fusion Lowveld be awarded the three- year contract. She irregularly appointed Xinjovo, Marepo and Unison to evaluate the bid at more than R800000.
"All these amounts are regarded as wasteful expenditure and should be recovered from Nkwinika," the report states.
Sowetan reported last week that about R50million of taxpayers' money had been wasted in the last four years due to the delay in appointing the service provider for the syscon and telecommunication tender.
The current service provider, Kamahlaba Connect, is benefitting as it is providing the service on a month-to-month basis.
The report also reveals that it took Nkwinika 361 days to deal with the contract that should have been dealt with within 90 days.
It had been recommended by the bid evaluation committee, the bid adjudication committee and the then acting head of the department Mike Khoza, that the contract be awarded to Fusion Lowveld pending price negotiation. But Nkwinika ignored this.