Teachers moonlight for DoE

2012-10-19 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department incurred over R100  million rand in irregular expenditure, mainly because of its employees illegally doing business with the department.

Senior department officials, led by Education MEC Senzo Mchunu and head of department Nkosinathi Sishi, appearing before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) yesterday, revealed that the department had received a qualified audit in the 2011-12 financial year.

The reason for the qualified audit was mainly that their leave records were in a mess.

It was also revealed that R187 339 million had been classified by the auditor general as irregular expenditure. Of that, R152 million was attributed to employees doing business with the department.

The remainder was a result of non-compliance with supply chain management processes.

It was revealed that 3 244 employees were doing business with the department without permission. The department had written to these employees seeking explanations for their conduct. Of the total number, 1 372 employees had not bothered to respond while 1 872 had given a range of reasons. All have since been charged with misconduct.

A large number of these employees are said to be educators at school level. “I do not have the exact figures of how many are teachers, but I can say that about 75% of them are teachers,” Sishi said.

“Some of these officials own taxis and some are in catering, and when you ask about (them owning taxis) they will tell you that this is not my taxi, it is actually my wife’s taxi.”

MEC Mchunu cited greed and yearning for a life beyond your means as reason why some officials were contravening rules to do business with the department. “The issue of employees who continue to do business with the department is an issue of untold stubbornness.”

“Many of them lived this imagined life which was way beyond their means. They continue to do something they know is wrong because they have this imagined life which they have put into reality, they cannot stop because they are already in debt.”

Committee members lauded the department for working hard under trying challenges; they however expressed concern about the department’s growing irregular expenditure. In the last three financial years, irregular expenditure had grown from R32 million to R84 million and this year it was at R187 million.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.