Xingwana's department a 'health hazard'

A report compiled by Parliament says Xingwana’s Pretoria offices pose a health hazard to staff.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana has come under fire again, this time over the state of her department's headquarters.

This is according to a report compiled by Parliament's committee on women children and people with disabilities.

During an oversight visit to the Pretoria building, Members of Parliament (MPs) found that the condition of some of the offices posed a health hazard to staff.

The report says MPs were shocked by the state of the offices, describing the condition of its carpets as awful.

MPs were then told that the cleaners weren't working as the company contracted by the Public Works Department weren't being paid on time.

The report found record keeping to be in a dismal state with unfiled documents lying on the floor.

It also questioned the high rate of absenteeism and said working conditions should be improved as a matter of urgency.