Cape Town - Irregular expenditure in the department of public works amounting to R34.9 billion indicates a culture of kleptomania in government, the EFF said on Monday.
“This is clearly a long tradition, a way of life and a consistent history of the kleptomania of the ANC government,” Economic Freedom Fighters spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi claimed in a statement.
Earlier on Monday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said that of the R34.9bn irregular expenditure, some dating back to 2001, R1.1bn was suspected to have been lost to fraud and corruption.
He said the extent of misspent funds was “in a word, shocking”.
Nxesi said the irregular transactions in the department did not necessarily mean fraud had been committed.