MPs wants SIU briefing on irregularities at Water Dept

Nomvula Mokonyane and her team briefed the water and sanitation portfolio committee on Wednesday on the department’s annual report and financial statements.

FILE: Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane at the nearly empty Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) overseeing the debt-ridden Water and Sanitation Department say they want to hear from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) about irregularities at the department.

The SIU had handed over a report to the department with the findings of its probe into supply chain irregularities and conflicts of interest.

Investigations into a water pipeline project in Limpopo and the Lepelle Northern Water board are ongoing.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and her team briefed the Water and Sanitation portfolio committee yesterday on the department’s annual report and financial statements.

But there was little mention of the SIU’s findings.

MPs decided to call the SIU to Parliament to give them answers.

Committee chairperson Lulu Johnson said, “We shall be writing to them to come and brief us.”

Apart from being in debt, the department’s leadership has also been in a state of flux.

The committee previously said it was concerned that five senior managers including the director-general had been suspended.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)