Angie Motshekga meets unions on jobs-for-cash scandal

2014-05-18 15:47

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has met unions to discuss an alleged racket in the appointment of school jobs.

"All the unions have agreed to co-operate with the investigation to root out the alleged practice and take strong action against those found to be involved," she said in a statement today following Friday's meeting.

The unions represented at the meeting were Sadtu, the National Teachers' Union, National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA, the Professional Educators' Union, and the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie.

Motshekga would meet school governing bodies next week to discuss establishing a ministerial task team to investigate the matter.

The Public Service Commission, justice and basic education departments, as well as external education, law, and human resources experts would be involved in creating the task team.

Motshekga said the team's members would be announced as soon as its terms of reference were finalised.

"It is envisaged that the task team will be led by a retired judge or an independent education expert."

Last month, City Press exposed the racket in which principals’ posts were sold for upwards of R30?000.

Two weeks ago, Motshekga asked President Jacob Zuma to appoint a judicial commission to investigate the illegal practice after City Press’ exposé. It was sparked by the arrest of former Sadtu provincial secretary Mfundi Sibiya for the murder of KwaZulu-Natal south coast principal Nkosinathi Zondi.

A Durban principal and Sadtu member who asked not to be named said: “People are panicking like hell. This thing is big and the department has never done anything about it. Now they can’t ignore it.”

“Nobody knows who is going to be nailed first. There are so many people involved that it’s going to be impossible to keep it quiet.

“They are in deep trouble,” the principal said.

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