Angie Motshekga ready to appoint jobs-for-cash task team

2014-06-06 15:56

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has finalised the terms of reference of her investigation into City Press’ allegations of a South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) jobs-for-cash racket in the education department.

The education department is also set to appoint its six-member panel in the next week.

The panel is likely to start its work – which it has 120 days to complete – shortly after its members have decided how it will go about its business and how evidence will be led.

Last month, City Press blew the lid on an alleged scam in which prime promotion posts in the department, including principalships and deputy principalships, are being sold for upwards of R30 000.

The racket, which has seen irregular appointments being made in most provinces, has cost once principal on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast his life.

The panel will be chaired by an independent education expert and will consist of a lawyer, a human resources specialist, a representative of the Public Service Commission, a representative of the department and a representative of the justice department.

It will probe the allegations raised by City Press and look at whether any education official, teacher, union official, school governing body member or any other individual had influenced the awarding of posts.

It will make recommendations to Motshekga on how the allegations should be addressed and what action should be taken.

Department spokesperson Troy Martens said individuals found to be involved in corruption would be referred for either criminal or departmental action.

The probe, she said, would also advise Motshekga on what changes needed to be made to the appointment system in education to ensure that opportunities for corruption and manipulation of the system could be removed.

The proposed list of members, all of whom have already been approached to serve on the panel, will be gazetted in the next few days.

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