Department of Public Works officials implicated in Nkandla scandal off the hook

Department of Public Works officials implicated in Nkandla scandal off the hook

- 12 Department of Public Works officials implicated in the Nkandla scandal have been let off the hook

- All 12 cases have been finalised and settled, the officials have returned to work

- A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe found the process used to appoint contractors was irregular

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The 12 KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works officials who were implicated in the Nkandla scandal have been let off the hook and no further action will be taken against them. The department has finalised and settled all 12 cases and the officials have returned to work.

The officials were facing disciplinary action related to the controversial security upgrades at former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

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A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into the Nkandla scandal found the process used to appoint contractors was irregular and caused the Department to pay double for one of the upgrades because of a mistake in awarding the contract.

Briefly.co.za gathered that all 12 cases were settled through negotiations with employee representatives.

This was also confirmed by Public Service Association’s KwaZulu-Natal manager‚ Claude Naicker‚ who said: “They resolved it via a settlement agreement and the unions are not prepared to talk about it because of the non-disclosure clause.”

Naiker said the department had decided the matter because it had dragged on for such a long time and was affecting the employee’s work performance.

The employees faced disciplinary action related to not following the correct procedures relating to procurement, project management and supply chain management.

The 12 employees maintained their innocence throughout proceedings and maintained that they had followed the procedures to the letter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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