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delilleBusinessLive reports that Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister Patricia de Lille has suspended her director-general (DG) Sam Vukela, who is accused of awarding irregular contracts for state funerals, including that of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.  

Vukela has had a contentious relationship with the department, having being fired as acting DG and accounting officer in 2013 for the irregular leasing of office space for the police in Pretoria.  In March‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ whose prerogative it is to hire and fire DGs‚ gave De Lille the go-ahead to take action against Vukela.  De Lille said in a statement on Wednesday:  “I confirm that on Tuesday July 28‚ I placed the DG of the department of public works and infrastructure‚ advocate Sam Vukela‚ on precautionary suspension — effective Wednesday July 29 — pending the finalisation of the disciplinary processes instituted against the DG.”  She said the action followed reports she had received following two investigations.  One was by PwC into allegations of irregularities related to the provision of movable infrastructure for three official funerals, which cost taxpayers R76m.  The other was by the Public Service Commission into allegations of irregular appointments within the senior management service of the department.  An internal disciplinary process chaired by a senior advocate will be constituted in due course.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mpumzi Zuzile at BusinessLive

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