Nxesi slams 'shocking' irregular expenditure of his dept

Nxesi has confirmed his dept has misspent R34.9 billion dating as far back as 2001.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says the irregular expenditure of billions of rands by his department is "shocking" but systems are being put in place to take action against those responsible.

Nxesi has confirmed his department has misspent R34.9 billion dating as far back as 2001.

He was speaking at a briefing in Pretoria earlier today.

Nxesi expressed his shock and disappointment over the irregular expenditure.

"The value of irregular expenditure that is reported in the annual financial statements of both the main vote of the department and the property management has increased substantially to a combined figure of R34.9 billion. In a word, it's shocking."

The minister said of the R34.9 billion, the department suspects that R1.1 billion was used for fraud and corruption and is investigating.

However, Nxesi said irregular transactions don't necessarily mean fraud had been committed.

Meanwhile, 10 Public Works Department officials will today face disciplinary measures for their role in the Nkandla spending debacle.

The officials face charges relating to irregularities over contracts, which lend to wasteful expenditure.

Nxesi said they must take responsibility for their actions.

The minister's legal adviser Phillip Masilo said, "The Special Investigating Unit's report has identified misconduct on their part and its now an opportunity for them to come and put their case [forward]."