More than 3,700 employees are doing business with Public Works, says De Lille

Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has promised to get to the bottom of allegations surrounding inflated invoices signed off by officials in the department.

The statement comes amid news of officials implicated in irregular expenditure related to the late stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral and that of two other African National Congress veterans.

There are claims that a service provider inflated invoices, costing taxpayers a staggering R76 million.

Speaking on Breakfast Bongani Bingwa, De Lille says some invoices were paid for but there is no evidence of goods delivered.

We have already taken action against four senior officials in the department and that is also subject to due process and of course their choice to have representation to defend themselves so as we go along we will continue to make pronouncements on the remedial actions.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works

The minister has revealed that more than 3,700 employees are doing business with the department, saying some have not been declared.

There are people in the department who have their own companies - about 300 of them - that are also doing business with the department and that is why it is important that we have to make sure, at all times, that we do due diligence.

Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works

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