Public Works stabilised - Nxesi
Minister Thulas Nxesi blamed much of the problems in his department on leadership changes.
CAPE TOWN - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Tuesday blamed much of the problems in his department on leadership changes.
But the minister said steps have been taken to stabilise the situation with the appointment of a new director general and senior management officials.
Nxesi made the revelations during his department's budget speech vote in Parliament, Cape Town.
"We've made other changes at the director general level in trying to stabilise the leadership."
He said that the department had a director general for the first time in three years.
Public Works has been at the centre of several scandals involving the Nkandla upgrade, the police headquarters deal and spending on ministerial houses.
The department spent more than R200 million on security upgrades and consultants to President Jacobs Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, using tax money.
Nxesi said the Special Investigating Unit was probing irregular leases and projects.
"A total of 40 investigations were conducted of which 23 have been concluded. This resulted in successful disciplinary hearings."