Public Works welcomes latest dismissal

A former director in the department's prestige unit was dismissed following a probe by the SIU.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Public Works says the dismissal of another senior official in connection with renovations at seven ministerial homes is a signal that whistle-blowers are both heard and protected.

A former director in the department's prestige unit was dismissed after a probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into how R60 million was spent on the Pretoria-based renovations.

A similar investigation into how ministerial homes were refurbished in Cape Town is now underway.

Phillip Masilo,Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi's legal advisor, says this sends a good message to officials and to the public that corruption fighting is part of the turnaround strategy.

He says eight senior officials have now been dismissed following tip-offs and investigations by the SIU.

An audit of state lease agreements last month highlighted incidents of suspected fraud and collusion.

The audit included over R5 million in monthly spending on 108 properties that were not even occupied by the department.

Nxesi said an audit was carried out on more than 2,000 properties that the state was leasing from the private sector.