Department’s corruption allegations inquiry starts

2009-09-03 00:00

THE inquiry into allegations of corruption against senior officials in the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department, including the department’s head, Cassius Lubisi, is set to begin today, Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu, said yesterday.

A document was circulated by “concerned and progressive” KZN Sadtu members, levelling allegations against Lubisi and some senior departmental officials last month.

Speaking during a press conference in Durban yesterday, Mchunu said that the ruling party is committed to rooting out corruption in government. Following up on the announcement he made on August 21 that a forensic investigation into the allegations will be instituted, Mchunu said that starting today the forensic investigators will begin the process of accepting submissions.

Three auditing firms; Ngubane and Company, Thabani Zulu and Company as well as Mzimela and Company have been appointed to investigate alleged corruption linked to the department’s Umlazi District totalling more than R80 million.

“Submissions of allegations will be made directly to the offices of the consortium [auditing firms] in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg as from tomorrow [today], September 3, 2009 up to Friday September 11, 2009,” said Mchunu.

The MEC said that members of the public who wish to make submissions relating to corruption in the department are welcome to do so, but those who wish to do so must not be nameless.

The concerned teacher union members claimed the corruption has caused rifts and alleged that senior officials have met secretly with secretary-general Mbuyiseni Mathonsi and that the meetings have resulted in the a programme meant “to destabilise the Education Department and create anarchy”.

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