Public Works ‘misspent R3.65bn’

The troubled public works department has racked up R3.65 billion in irregular spending since 2009, Public Works Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin has revealed.

“What we are reporting is R3.6 billion [that] appeared to be irregular expenditure, problematic expenditures, out of 40 000 transactions that were identified over the period from 2009 to March 2013,” Cronin said after briefing Parliament’s public accounts watchdog committee, Scopa.

“So, an enormous set of problems which we are not proud of obviously,” he said.

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