Public Works financial affairs questioned

Minister Thulas Nxesi will meet with Scopa to discuss his department’s spending habits.

Minister of Public Works Thulasi Nxesi addressing a media briefing on the Nkandla Presidential Residence held at GCIS, Midtown Building, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) will meet with Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi in Pretoria on Thursday to discuss the department's financial affairs.

Scopa's visit is a follow-up from a previous meeting in Parliament earlier this year.

The committee is concerned about unauthorised and wasteful spending by the department, which has come under fire numerous times for its spending.

Committee Chairperson Themba Godi said the department received "a disclaimer of audit opinion, which means that its expenditure cannot be properly explained to the Auditor General".

"It is the worst possible kind of opinion you can get from the Auditor General. It says that your financial management has almost broken down."

Some of the department's so-called prestige projects are also under investigation.

The prestige programme covers the management of national government offices, the accommodation of the presidency, cabinet members, members of Parliament and senior judges.

Recently opposition Members of Parliament asked Nxesi to explain the more than R200 million spent on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The department is at the centre of the Nkandla debacle.