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Public Works corruption report due soon

Scopa members hope it'll reveal the extent of the rot in the department.

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 - Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to receive a new report on the state of corruption and fraud in the Public Works Department.

That's after Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) met Minister Thulas Nxesi during an oversight visit in Pretoria on Thursday.

The committee is concerned about unauthorised and wasteful spending amounting to millions of rand.

During the oversight visit, Nxesi wanted to give MPs a copy of the report, but Scopa members felt it should be discussed at a formal meeting in Parliament in the next few weeks.

It's believed the report contains information about who has been involved in fraud within the department.

Committee member and Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian Dion George is hoping the report will reveal the extent of graft in the department.

"I don't know what's in the report and I don't know what the scope is, but we're expecting that it talks to the corruption that's been rife, holding individuals to account where necessary, talks about police leasing and talks about Nkandla and the overspending."

The department is at the centre of the Nkandla debacle.

In his budget vote speech in parliament in May Nxesi said his department had been working closely with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe irregular leases and projects.

The process had resulted in six officials being suspended and three fired.