Public Works fights corruption

Dept. of Public Works has charged nine officials for corruption while more are being investigated.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Department of Public Works detailed its progress on current investigations and disciplinary processes involving corrupt officials.

On Wednesday, Minister Thulas Nxesi told a media briefing that nine officials were charged and a further five or six are being investigated.

He said the department's turn-around strategy to root out corruption is on track.

Nxesi said it is difficult to determine exactly how much money has been stolen through corruption.

"This is in the leases and construction industry, so we're talking billions here. It's difficult to quantify now. However, later on when we have finished this particular exercise, we might be able to give the estimates."

He said all leases are being checked for financial irregularities.

"We're talking about 3,000 leases and I don't think we've even covered 1,000 of them thus far."

He said, in one case, the department made an overpayment of R33 million.

It settled with a construction company after it cancelled a border post building project, when the land was declared unsuitable.

Nxesi said criminal and civil action in that matter is being pursued.