Education minister must not be intimidated by Sadtu - DA

2016-03-26 23:00
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (GCIS)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (GCIS)

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Durban – The DA on Saturday rubbished a South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) statement criticising a report on the job-for-cash investigation and urged Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga not to be intimidated by the union.

DA Shadow Minister of Basic Education Gavin Davis said Sadtu was playing a political games because the union knew that the report would expose the "damage Sadtu is doing to the education system".

Davis was responding a Sadtu statement which raised questions about the credibility of the jobs-for-cash scandal investigation.

In a statement released on Saturday the union said a leaked interim report raised concerns and did not reflect accurately what was happening on the ground. The union said it was concerned that the report was leaked to the media before the affected parties were given a copy.

Sadtu said, "The Ministerial Task Team [MTT] has made bold accusations that union members use the patronage system to secure elevation to senior posts in government and Parliament, thus casting aspersions on former leaders of Sadtu and other unions some of whom serve as cabinet ministers.

"The MTT was requested to provide supporting evidence of this and or withdraw these unfounded allegations. The MTT has refused to do so. Of the 81 cases investigated by the MTT only 38 were found to be worthy of further investigation.

Taking bribes

"Of the 81 cases investigated the name of Sadtu is associated or mentioned in respect of 22 cases. Of the 22 cases.... no further action is recommended in respect of 12 and further action is recommended in respect of seven.

"Thus of the total 81 cases further action was recommended in respect of seven cases involving Sadtu members.”

Davis said, "The 'Jobs-for-Cash' report will show how Sadtu-aligned officials are taking bribes in return for allocating teaching posts. It will also show how six out of nine provincial education departments have been captured by Sadtu.

"We call on Minister Motshekga to stand firm in the face of Sadtu intimidation, and to release the 'Jobs-for-Cash' report within the timeframe she committed to on Thursday."

Davis said the time had come to break Satdu's stronghold on the education system.

"This is the only way we are going to ensure that learners from disadvantaged backgrounds are given the opportunities they need to emerge from poverty," he said.

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