Parliament - Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday she was urgently arranging security vetting of her staff to allow them to work free of the suspicion that shadowed officials in the bankrupt water department.
"The most important thing for me is for my staff to be vetted and cleared immediately so that they are able to function, otherwise they will not be able to function if a cloud hangs over them. I would like them to look straight and proud and say they are working for this department, " Sisulu told a media briefing at Parliament.
She was answering questions about the dismal financial track record of the department immediately after delivering its budget vote speech in the legislature.
Sisulu said she needed more time to understand how the entity was pushed into bankruptcy and had asked National Treasury to help her set up an investigative team to achieve this, within a time frame not of months but weeks.
"I am still trying to understand this and I will not be able to understand until we have our investigations up and running and we have a report from them. Then I will be able to understand how we lost so much money and how it happened and be able to close those holes.