Public Works misspent R3,6bn

A special task team sifted through nearly 1,5 million transactions dating back to 2009.

Auditor-General Terence Nombembe. Picture: SAPA

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Public Works on Wednesday detailed billions of rand in irregular expenditure, some of it involving corruption and fraud.

Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and the Public Works committee were briefed on the matter earlier on Wednesday.

The probe was carried out at the request of Auditor General Terence Nombembe.

A special task team sifted through nearly 1,5 million transactions carried out from 2009 to the end of the past financial year.

The deals were valued at R97 billion.

It found more than 40,000 transactions to be irregular.

These deals were valued at R3,6 billion.

The deals ranged from fraudulent building leases to inflated invoices.

In one transaction, drinking glasses were rented out at a cost of R200 each for the presidential guest house in Pretoria.

A number of officials have either been convicted or sacked.

Some officials are facing disciplinary or criminal charges.