Public Works comes clean on misuse of public funds

The Department of Public Works has confirmed extensive misuse of public funds within its ranks – at a media briefing last week, Minister Thulas Nxesi said that investigations had uncovered a shocking R35-billion in wasteful expenditure, some of it going back 13 years.

Public Works (DPW) is responsible for managing the accommodation needs of government entities. It promotes the national Expanded Public Works Programme, which contributes towards the transformation of the local construction and property sectors.

It’s also the department most deeply involved in the Nkandla upgrade scandal.

Nxesi has been vocal about tackling corruption within the department, earning him Corruption Watch hero status in August 2012. Since then it’s been downhill for DPW – in January 2013 and July 2014 it was voted a zero for its mismanagement of public funds.