Assets attached after state fails to pay R28m to teachers

2014-10-01 11:13

Moveable assets belonging to the basic education department have been attached after it failed to pay R28 million owed to Eastern Cape teachers.

“The department of education failed to implement the court order of March 20, settled in favour of the schools,” Legal Resources Centre director in Grahamstown, Sarah Sephton, said today.

The goods attached were valued at R1.9 million. They included more than 800 computers and seven vehicles, including those used by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director-general.

The attachment followed legal action by the centre on behalf of a number of Eastern Cape schools seeking payment for teachers hired to fill vacancies. The Legal Resources Centre had asked that the teachers be appointed permanently.

Sephton said the centre had filed a contempt of court application as a result of the department’s failure to appoint and pay teachers on a permanent basis, contrary to the court order.

The contempt of court application includes the minister of education, the director general of education, and the Eastern Cape education MEC.

“They will be expected to show good cause why they should not be held in contempt of court and face jail time,” she added.

Department of basic education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the provincial education department had paid and the matter had been resolved.

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