There is no doubt that human settlements, water & sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu has a mountain to climb in cleaning up a department that has been plagued by corruption and financial mismanagement for years.

Steps are being taken, but progress in holding those responsible to account has been slow, as revealed in a series of presentations over the past few weeks to various parliamentary committees. This was also noted by parliament’s watchdog committee, the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), which said recently that it was not satisfied with progress in dealing with unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure cases at the department and the Water Trading Entity.  ..

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