Senior official found guilty of fraud - DA

Pretoria - The DA on Monday welcomed the firing of a senior public works official over fraudulent payments involving the renovation of homes for ministers in Pretoria.

"The DA welcomes the dismissal of former director of the prestige unit... Noloyiso Ntwana for fraudulently paying contractors more than R60m to renovate houses for new government ministers in 2009," DA MP Kenneth Mubu said in a statement.

Among other offences, Ntwana was found by a departmental disciplinary hearing to have paid grossly inflated sums to contractors.

Mubu said questions remained on the total amount spent on upgrades at ministerial homes since 2009.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi's recent response, in a written reply to a parliamentary question, that providing details of work done to and money spent on 35 ministerial homes would compromise ministers' security was "a weak excuse in an attempt to classify the information".

Mubu said a reply last year to a similar question had revealed that:

- In 2009, R15m was spent on a house in Cape Town for Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti;

- An amount of R10.67m was spent on the overhaul of a house earmarked for use by then deputy transport minister Lydia Chikunga; and,

- Just under R5m was spent on upgrades to a home for the then agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Mubu repeated his call for Nxesi to provide details relating to ministerial housing.

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Mr T. 2014/08/04 09:56:26 PM
He/She was too late to run to news and just trow a story about Nkandla.
On The Edge 2014/08/04 10:01:10 PM
When it's DA corruption, then there's immediate action yet when it's the CancER, years pass to the point of nostalgia... Take a lesson from this ZANC'ers and EFF'ers... I include EFF'ers as there are stupid out there that actually think the EFF'ers will be better than the ZANC'ers.... Get it, got it, good...
Erik Fourie 2014/08/04 10:37:49 PM
Maak nie saak DA of ANC ens nie. Kyk wie steel altyd geld. So laat maak en laat staan. Sal altyd steel.
Willie Olivier 2014/08/04 10:40:35 PM
They steal us dry and get away with it! And by the way minister it's not your money, its the taxpayers money! It's my money! So you nothing beter than the crooks that walk in to my house with ak rifles and steel al my stuff!
Erna Westdyk 2014/08/04 10:41:40 PM
How can anyone in their right mind not think that spending millions on basic renovations is wrong? Are there no checks and balances? Does one person have the unilateral right to sign off on these expenditures? If so, its bad business practice.
Bento Maepa 2014/08/04 11:14:26 PM
I can't believe Nxesi gave that for an answer. He is definitely stuck in one place like a record. The man is an embarrassment.
Paul Dennis Murison 2014/08/04 11:31:03 PM
Hahaha... Made in SA.
Joe Irwin 2014/08/04 11:34:55 PM
She will be locked up when?
Pieter Raubenheimer 2014/08/04 11:36:30 PM
Only firing a corrupt official is not nearly enough What about management who allow this to happen? A criminal offence must be treated as a crime It doesn't help that the prezi invites investors to SA, while taxpayers are defrauded this way The AG needs to get the powers to report crimes of corruption to the police
George Gibbs 2014/08/05 12:54:54 AM
Criminal chargers? Nobody is saying anything about criminal charges!!