DA welcomes crooked official’s dismissal

Cape Town - 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 R60 million to renovate houses for new government ministers in 2009,” Democratic Alliance MP Kenneth Mubu said in a statement.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi File photo: Colleen Dardagan. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

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:

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