Sadtu welcomes delayed release of jobs-for-cash report

2016-04-12 06:00

THE South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has welcomed a decision by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to postpone the release of a jobs-for-cash scandal report.

Sadtu national spokesperson Nomusa Cembi yesterday said the postponement would give union members a chance to respond to damning allegations made in the leaked interim Ministerial Task Team (MTT) report.

The postponement comes after the union criticised the report, saying that it lacked credibility and did not accurately reflect what was happening at grassroots level. The union said it was also concerned that the department was ready to release the report without giving those implicated a chance to respond to the allegations.

“We welcome the postponement because there are damning allegations made against Sadtu members and we wrote to Professor Volmink seeking clarity three times, but we got no response. We told them that we were being treated unfairly,” Cembi said.

On Monday, the Basic Education Department announced that the MTT report, which was due to be released on April 15, would now only be released on May 6. Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the decision was taken after the minister received requests to delay the release of the MTT final report to allow teacher unions and individuals implicated in the report to rebut or make formal representations to the MTT. The ministerial task team conducted the jobs-for-cash scandal investigation after a damning exposé by City Press newspaper in 2014. The report implicated Sadtu in the nationwide selling of teaching posts.

- News24.

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