An ad hoc committee from the Parliament heard on Thursday that the intervention team is doing well in detecting irregular contracts and irregular expenses.
FILE: Interministerial task force team led by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who for the first time on June 14, 2018 informed the ad-hoc commission of the NCOP since the northwest was put under management. Photo: Lindsay Dentlinger / EWN
CITY TOWN – The personnel of public works in the North West is threatened to support government intervention in the province.
An ad hoc committee of Parliament on Thursday heard that the intervention team is doing well in detecting irregular contracts and containing irregular expenses.
But new Premier Job Mokgoro has expressed his concern about a lack of capacity to adequately address the challenges facing the province.
The intervention team led by Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says it is still in the implementation mode.
However, progress has been made in addressing service delivery challenges that brought widespread turmoil to the country earlier this year.
Mpumi Mpofu, director general at the planning, monitoring and evaluation department, says to eradicate corruption in the Public Works department takes longer than the community expects.
"This is the area we have forced o think of the safety of intervention managers and others, because this is the area related to capital expenditures and large contracts."
She says the focus now is on tackling irregular contracts, dealing with unfavorable audit findings and strengthening tendering processes.
DLAMINI ZUMA REJECTS DREAM CLAIMS
Dlamini Zuma has rejected the allegations that there was resistance by the provincial government in the national intervention in the northwest.
She says it is also untrue that no action is taken against those threatening employees who support the intervention team and the administrators themselves.
Dlamini Zuma says there is no contradiction in terms of the work being done by the intervention team, and the support it receives from the five Northwestern departments placed under management.
"But it does not mean that there will be no tension between us entering the province and the province … I do not say who is particularly threatening, because if we knew it, we would have already arrested those people."  Dlamini Zuma says that the threats can also come from those who risk losing their lucrative contracts.
(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)