'Municipalities owe Department of Public Works a lot of money'
The Department of Public Works is appearing before the Standing Committee On Public Accounts (Scopa) in Parliament to address the committee on how they will address their Eskom debts.
Eyewitness News parliamentary correspondent Babalo Ndenze says the department has called in to question figures previously presented in Parliament saying they were not verified.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela, Ndenze says last year National Public Works had the largest debt of R3.4 billion according to what has been presented to scopa but the Minister Patricia de Lille disputed the amounts.
Upon verification, the Department of Public Works found that it doesn't owe as much as it was stated last year.Babalo Ndenze, Parliamentary correspondent - Eyewitness News
They say there are some municipalities in some provinces (which owe the department). For example, in Mpumalanga, one municipality reported an outstanding debt of R925 million but upon verification, the Department of Public Works signed off and confirmed a debt of R6.9 million.Babalo Ndenze, Parliamentary correspondent - Eyewitness News
Before they pay anything as they did previously they will go through a process of verifying all invoices within 30 days and they say they are also owed a lot of money by municipalities.Babalo Ndenze, Parliamentary correspondent - Eyewitness News
As from 1 April 2020, the department will not be settling any municipal services accounts the municipalities will deal with Eskom themselves.Babalo Ndenze, Parliamentary correspondent - Eyewitness News
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