Basic education DG Bobby Soobrayan acquitted

2014-02-18 16:42

Basic education director-general Bobby Soobrayan has been found not guilty of wrongdoing, says department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi.

“The director-general was acquitted and found not guilty on both charges,” he said.

The charges were that Soobrayan misused funds and signed an agreement on the department’s behalf without having the authority to do so.

The disciplinary hearing was held in December and was chaired by Judge Willem van der Merwe.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was notified of the judgment on December 18.

Soobrayan was accused of signing a collective agreement on behalf of the department without a proper mandate and misusing funds from the Education Labour Relations Council during April 2012.

Last year, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) accused Soobrayan of violating the Public Finance Management Act.

It held a nationwide protest demanding the resignations of Soobrayan and Motshekga. The protest was later suspended when Sadtu reached an agreement with the minister.

She promised that the complaint against Soobrayan would be treated “as a matter of urgency”.

Lesufi said Soobrayan was on special leave during the disciplinary hearing.

“The process undertaken was a fair and proper process...” he said.

“The allegations against the director-general emanated from Sadtu and they were properly consulted by the prosecutor and their attorneys [were] allowed to attend the disciplinary hearing.”

Lesufi said no complaint was received after the finalisation of the disciplinary hearing.

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