PARLIAMENT - Public Works Minister Patricia De Lille on Wednesday said she has directed that lifestyle audits be conducted on all her senior staff, starting with her, that tender processes be open to public scrutiny, and that hundreds of millions of rands looted in her department be recovered.
De Lille tabled her department's budget vote in Parliament, outlining how her department intends to spend its R7.8 billion allocation and what its priorities for the next financial year are. The minister also announced that she is putting in place several measures to clean up the public works department, which has been plagued for many years by fraud and corruption.
The first task, De Lille said, was to ensure the department's supply chain management processes become transparent to members of the public.
"There will be no secrecy in the awarding of tenders: from now on, members of the public will be able to observe the evaluation and adjudication of our bidding processes," she said.
De Lille said, in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa's directive, she has instructed that lifestyle audits would be conducted between August this year and June next year, starting with the minister, to ensure politicians and senior civil servants who are corrupt can be identified.