Twelve senior Department of Public Works officials implicated in the Nkandla scandal returned to work after a settlement agreement between the employees, their representatives, and the department.
The department says it cannot reveal details on the nature of the settlement because of a non-disclosure clause.
In 2014, the officials faced a disciplinary hearing after failing to follow the correct procedures regarding procurement‚ project management and supply-chain management in terms of the security upgrades at the homestead belonging to former president Jacob Zuma.
Spokesperson at the Department Of Public Works, Thami Mchunu says the agreement took into full account the sentiment that there should be consequences for the employees' actions.
The settlement entailed a lot of things between the department and the employees.— Thami Mchunu, Spokesperson at Department Of Public Works
It's not as if people have gotten off scot-free, but the agreement itself is confidential, we cannot disclose it,— Thami Mchunu, Spokesperson at Department Of Public Works
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Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) deputy shadow minister for Public Works Dennis Ryder says the nondisclosure agreement is contrary to the Public Finance Management Act.
We as the DA certainly believe that this information must be made public and we will be following this up with the department first thing tomorrow morning. We have already written to the minister asking for some information and clarity.— Dennis Ryder, DA deputy shadow minister for Public Works
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